Hundreds of migrants die every year along the U.S.-Mexico border. Others are trying to save their lives. This is their story. Read more
This project was successfully funded on October 6, 2013.
About this project
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far! We reached our initial goal but we can still use your help! (our goal was the minimum we needed to complete this film and and to begin facilitating screenings). Every additional dollar pledged will enable us to screen the film more widely and share this important story with even more people. We sincerely appreciate your continued support!
Please share this project with anyone you know who might be interested in lending support, whether through pledges of by helping in other ways, such as facilitating screenings, getting the film in the door at a local festival, movie theater, or university. Like the film on Facebook and follow on Twitter. More information will be forthcoming on the film's website at www.humanitarianfilm.org.
The film is almost complete! We need your help to get it finished so that this important story can be shared. All donations and pledges are fully tax deductible through our sponsorship by the Center for Independent Documentary, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (direct donations through CID can also be made here).
"We Have a Wall: Saving Lives on the Tinaja Trail" is the story of undocumented migration and humanitarian service, told from the perspectives of four undocumented immigrants (three of whom have recently been deported to Mexico and one who chose to return to Mexico voluntarily after working in Los Angeles for a number of years), as well as the volunteers who place water, food, and first aid supplies along the migratory trails in attempts to save the lives of some of the hundreds of migrants who die every year crossing into the United States from Mexico.
What Your Support Will Accomplish:
We will use funds raised here on Kickstarter to 1) complete the film's post-production, including the edit, color correction, audio sweetening, and creating a final audio mix so the film sounds great, whether in your DVD/Blu-ray player or in a theater during the festival run, 2) to create a screening copy of the film (HDCam), 3) translate the film into Spanish for screening south of the U.S. border, and 4) to get the word out and facilitate screenings of the film at festivals and in interested communities across the U.S. and Mexico.
We need to raise our goal, at a minimum, to make this possible, and anything over that amount will directly help us share this important story with more people and more communities across the U.S. and Mexico and beyond. Thank you for your support!
Natural water sources in the American Southwest are extremely rare and, where they do exist, often extremely hard to get to (think: bottom of the “Grand Canyon,” for instance). For centuries, survival in this unforgiving land has hinged on one’s ability to locate natural cavities or wind-carved cisterns in rocks called tinajas (tee-NAH-hahs). Capturing rain during the rare desert storm, and shaded from the sun, these catch-basins— often only inches across, centimeters deep, and teeming with insects and their larvae— are precious, lifesaving treasures to desert-dwelling animals … and desert-traversing humans.
It seems reproachfully paradoxical, then, that this region would today host the primary trail of hope for thousands of people seeking gainful work and the promise of a brighter future. It’s a desperate journey— one that has cost the lives, and ended the hopes, of hundreds of people per year since 1999.
It is likewise a politically supercharged arena; a legal, moral and political maelstrom poised like a flame near a tinderbox of sentiment.
For years, volunteers have dropped water and aid containers along popular routes of migration and have searched the desert for dying immigrants. In one case, the Transborder Immigrant Tool presents itself as a technological tinaja: an art project that promises to guide migrants to caches of water placed along migratory trails.
To some, these are selfless and inspirational efforts that give new and poignant context to the phrase “the Art of Survival.” To others, such action irresponsibly induces illegal border crossing, tantamount to aiding and abetting unlawful conduct. From the perspectives of both the undocumented migrants and the aid-givers, “We Have a Wall” provides a compelling tale of life and death, and compassionate service, along the Tinaja Trail.
The film examines the social, legal, and humanitarian aspects wrapped up in this difficult topic. It tells the stories of immigrants crossing the border and of the volunteers attempting to save their lives, all while seeking to discover where true “humanitarian service” ends and where irresponsible conduct begins. The project is fiscally sponsored by the Center for Independent Documentary (documentaries.org) and is eligible to receive tax deductible donations under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.
(“We Have a Wall” is a feature length documentary film coming in the fall of 2013, formerly titled, “The Art of Survival: Life and Death on the Tinaja Trail” during the film's production.)
Risks and challenges
We are fortunate that the film is nearly complete! We do need a few things (like an audio mix, Spanish subtitles, an HDCam screening tape, and funds to begin to facilitate screenings) that will cost money, but we know we can accomplish these projects when this Kickstarter campaign is successful. The biggest hurdle we will face in the coming weeks and months will be getting our first Film Festival acceptance. After a festival premiere, we plan to screen the film in other venues, such as at universities and in other interested communities. We can do all of this with your help. Thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Our sincere thanks, and your name in the credits of the film and on the film's website.Estimated delivery:
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Get early online access to hours of extra footage that didn't make the final film, including extended interviews with the film's cast and footage shot along the border and on the migrant trail (+ get your name in the film’s credits and on the website). (NOTE: this is the same reward that was previously available at the $25 level).Estimated delivery:
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NEW REWARD: Get a special early edition of the film's soundtrack, composed by Donald Meyer (orchestral recordings performed and recorded by the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra - F.A.M.E.'S. Project - Skopje).Estimated delivery:
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Get early online access to some of the footage that didn't make the final film, including extended interviews with the film's cast (+ get your name in the film’s credits and on the website).Estimated delivery:
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Get a standard-definition (480p) digital download of the film before it's released to the public + early online access to hours of extra footage (+ film and website credit). (NOTE: all backers who previously pledged $25 will automatically be upgraded to also receive the standard-definition digital download.)Estimated delivery:
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Blu-Ray, DVD, HD digital download, film credit, early access to additional footage + Get your own 20 seconds of fame in the DVD/Blu-ray special features! Send us a 20 second video clip that explains why you care about these issues or contributed to the film, and we’ll include it in the special features portion of the DVD and on our website (please keep it clean and relevant – we reserve the right to edit for content). (note: digital download will be available prior to the release of the Blu-ray/DVD, which will come later).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Welcome to the team, get an Assistant Producer credit + Tickets (2) to a screening of the film (as close as we can get to your home or preferred location), as well as a second DVD or Blu-Ray disc to share with someone else. + everything above. (note: digital download will be available prior to the release of the Blu-ray/DVD, which will come later).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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