Mojados: Through the Night (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Mojados: Through the Night
Brings a human face to a controversial political issue.
While there's a tedious sameness to the footage of walking, hiding and huddling around the campfire, the film's payoff is shattering.
Modest but memorable, the first film from 24-year-old director Tommy Davis follows four Mexican friends as they attempt to sneak into the U.S. by trekking through the Texan desert.
Davis, who grew up in the border town of McAllen, Texas, obviously wants to put a human face on the countless people who try to sneak across the border, but he fails to elicit any substantive information from his subjects.
Mojados: Through the Night manages to capture the danger, fatigue and tedium of an illegal border crossing from Mexico without becoming tedious itself.
A lean, effective slice of agitprop enlivened with a New Wave voice-over and an unusual emotional directness.
Audience Reviews for Mojados: Through the Night
The subtitles went by too quickly at times (and I'm a fast reader). They were also difficult to read when the background was white. I'm against illegal immigration because I see first hand how it is overloading our health care system. That being said, I'm glad the border patrol officers are humane to these poor people when they find them. This documentary does show how difficult it is for Mexicans to make the crossing and some of the hardships they endure.
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