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Borders
By Alex Rivera

Borders tells three small stories to illuminate a much larger one: the consequences of a world order in which products freely cross borders that people may not.

The first story is set at the border beach where the Pacific Ocean meets the United States and Mexico. In the shadow of a surreal metal wall which separates the two countries, a few families separated by immigration policy reunite through the wall, in effect having a transnational picnic.

The second story is set in an entirely different border town: Newark, New Jersey. Here, border crossers are taking over. And these border-crossers are fifty-feet long. They are the metal containers that bring products to the United States from factories around the world. This story invokes one of the dysfunctions of globalization, and it demonstrates a visible consequence of an open-border for trade.

The final story dwells on a single, haunting, x-ray image that shows the way twenty-first century workers are responding to borders that are open to the products they might produce in the third world, but that are not open to them.

Borders is a succinct and powerful meditation on the contradictions of U.S. border and trade policy.

The series of shorts was produced as part of the first ever web-based series on P.O.V..


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