FRONTERA!: OF KITES AND BORDERS (DE COMETAS Y FRONTERAS)

A discussion with Laura Melgarejo, Civic Engagement Organizer at PODER SF will follow the screening.

Part of RoxCine’s FRONTERA! film series. Co-sponsored by the General Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco. Co-presented by Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival, Colectivo Cinema Errante, PODER SF, CARECEN and the Latino Community Foundation.

“Of Kites and Borders is one of those rare documentaries made in the developing world that manages to uplift, in spite of a dismal context.” -Moviemezzanine

Of Kites and Borders is a documentary about the daily struggle to be a child just across the border from the US told through the eyes of four working children from Tijuana. Edie is a teen who smuggles immigrants into the United States while promising himself that he will never get worn-out at the assembly plant. Carmela is a nine-year-old who knows more about work in the city’s dumps than fairy tales, yet every day at sunset she dreams of a better life while watching the kites that fly over her slum. Brothers Adrián and Fernando don masks to conceal their youth and perform wrestling matches at busy intersections in order to support their family, all the while dreaming of traveling the world as famous Mexican fighters.

Directed by Yolanda Pividal. 2014. Mexico-US. 60min. HD Digital. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Edie es un adolescente que pasa gente indocumentada al otro lado mientras se promete a sí mismo que nunca se dejará ganar por el trabajo de planta. Carmela es una niña de nueve años que sabe más del trabajo en los basurales que de cuentos, pero que cada tarde imagina una vida mejor mientras mira las cometas que vuelan sobre su barriada. Adrián y Fernando son dos hermanos que esconden su infancia detrás de unas máscaras mientras ofrecen espectáculos de lucha en las intersecciones para poder dar de comer a su familia sin dejar de soñar con viajar alrededor del mundo como grandes figuras de la lucha mexicana.

About FRONTERA!

The US-México border: a unique stretch of land south of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and north of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas dividing the two countries. I say Rio Grande, you say Río Bravo. Made aquí y allá, new and old, FRONTERA! is an ongoing series of narrative and documentary films that describe this peculiar area of the world in realistic, imaginary, troubled and playful forms.

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