Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from southern Mexico to the US border. In Raúl O. Paz Pastrana’s film, BORDER SOUTH, migrant stories of resilience and survival are woven together from different vantage points, exposing a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death. On Friday, July 24th at 7pm MDT, BORDER SOUTH filmmaker Raúl O. Paz Pastrana was joined by the film’s producer and advisor, Jason De León in an online discussion. 

The program is presented in conjunction with Beyond Borders, a series of art installations and events led by a collaboration between local organizations School for Advanced Research (SAR), SITE Santa Fe, and the CCA. De León spearheaded the Beyond Borders centerpiece, Hostile Terrain 94, an art installation featuring ~3,200 handwritten toe tags representing the migrants who have died trying to cross the Arizona/Mexico border. The installation will see a virtual opening online the Friday prior on July 17th.


Raúl O. Paz Pastrana is a Mexican immigrant filmmaker, cinematographer, and multimedia creator. His work explores themes of “belonging” and “alienation” in immigrant communities. His films have screened at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in New York City, at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK, and at DocsMX in Mexico City. He is a 2018 Princess Grace Awards Special Project Grantee, an Art Matters/Jerome Foundation Cassis France Arts Fellow, a Tribeca Film Institute All Access grant recipient, a 2018 IFP Filmmaker Labs fellow, a 2018-20 Firelight Media Documentary Lab Fellow, and a 2018-19 Ford Foundation grantee.

Jason De León is a Mexican-American and Filipino-American Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan who directs the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a long-term scientific study of clandestine border crossing. He was awarded the prestigious 2016 Margaret Mead Award for his book The Land of Open Graves and named a 2017 MacArthur Genius fellow.