The River and the Wall
2019 | Ben Masters | USA / Mexico | English | 97 min | NR
We are co-hosting this special event along with Prairie Rivers Network, Common Ground Food Coop, and the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter Prairie Group. After the film, we will get to hear about the work that these organizations do around issues of environmental stewardship, environmental law, and navigating political boundaries.
The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.
“Director Ben Masters’ compelling, gorgeously shot, super-timely documentary “The River and the Wall” should be required viewing of anyone charged with making a public case for or against a border wall between the United States and Mexico.” Gary Goldstein, The Los Angeles Times