389 Miles: Living the BorderPosted: October 17, 2011
Tuesday’s are good for two things: tacos and well, maybe just tacos. But next Tuesday, Oct. 25, as part of the Borderlands Community Film Series, The Center for Latin American Studies is holding a free screening of “389 Miles: Living the Border,” at 6 p.m.
“389 Miles: Living the Border” is a documentary that covers the current immigration debacle regarding the Arizona-Mexican border. The audience can anticipate an eye-opening experience of obstacles people who live on the border have to overcome on a daily basis. The film presents the raw, daily life of human beings who come from different backgrounds and ideologies when it comes to immigration, one of the few things they all have in common is the border fence. There is no purely good or bad side to the issue, only the complex web of human emotions and issues forged by them—survival, human trafficking, rape, corruption, evil and grace in many disguises. The films plot starts at mile 1 in Douglas, Ariz. and continues westward to reveal various border towns on both sides.
The film is followed by a Q&A with director, Luis Carlos Davis. 40 Under 40 2010 Man of the Year, Luis Carlos Davis, 32, is an award-winning film director and producer raised in the border cities of Nogales, Ariz. and Nogales Sonora. Davis earned a master’s degree in Latin American studies with a focus on media arts, border studies and international journalism from the University of Arizona. Davis is currently directing and producing two documentaries, one in Mexico and the other one in Arizona. He is also writing a screenplay with the title of “El Hoyo” and co-writing a screenplay with the working title of “Living Gods/Broken Idols.” In additon to his role as a film director, Davis mentors high school seniors working on film projects and speaks, whenever the opportunity arises, about social justice issues.
“389 Miles: Living the Border” is Davis’ best-known work and has been shown around the United States, Mexico, and France. In addition, this documentary is the recipient of the Audience Award for Best Film at the Puerto Vallarta International Film Festival.