Birth on the Border at University of Texas, El Paso

I returned to the border in April to screen Birth on the Border at the University of Texas, El Paso, New Mexico State University's Cinema program, and at the border birth center Luna Tierra.  The Q&As were incredible and eye-opening and intimate.  Thank you to all the students, birthworkers, community members, and professors who shared so openly about their experiences living on the border.  It was a dream to be with you all and to hear your responses to the film.  

 

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BIRTH ON THE BORDER: First screening!!

Really excited to share that my film, Birth on the Border, had its first screening on Jan. 14th in Oakland: 120 people showed up -- friends, family, midwives, people I'd never met -- all of whom brought their hearts and minds to bear on the film.

Together we also raised money for Luna Tierra Birth Center / Casa de partos , a new border birth center that is doing the visionary work of bilingual binational affordable birth care for all, free STD screening for sex workers, etc. etc.

I've been working on this project for a year and a half and am thrilled to send it out into the world, to see the life it will have. All my gratitude to the women who shared their stories with me. L and G in Juarez. Lina and Sandra in El Paso. And all the rest.

The film will be traveling to the border in the spring! Upcoming screenings will be posted to the FB page.

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PLACE TALKS (post facto)

Presented a visual talk entitled "When the River Crosses You, and Other Stories from the Dried Up Rio Grande", as part of the PLACE TALKS series at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco.  My talk was about the oppression that takes place on the U.S.-Mexico border.  I presented on November 9th, two days after Trump was elected president, so it all felt particularly apt and pertinent to the present moment.

Some questions I explored:  What is the relationship between the control of people and the control of water? How does the flow of a river speak to the flow of migrants?  How does the control of the Rio Grande and the history of water colonization relate to the current oppression of border crossing people on the U.S.-Mexico border?