The River and the Wall

"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.

Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. Masters recruits NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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.

"The River and the Wall" is a mixture of outdoor film, film about migration and the nature around the Rio Grande. Action scenes alternate with beautiful landscape shots and stories of migratory families. The density of information is not high, which can be felt as a bit long-winded. Nevertheless, it does contain some very surprising facts about migration from Mexico to the USA and the area where the wall is being built.

Director(s): Ben Masters
Production: Hillary Pierce, Cindy Meehl, Nancy P. Sanders, Howard G. Buffett, Jay Kleberg, Katy Baldock, Cedar Creek Productions, Fin & Fur Films
Music: Noah Sorota
Actors: Ben Masters, Jay Kleberg, Filipe DeAndrade, Heather Mackey, Austin Alvarado, Chrissy Kleberg, Sophia Kleberg, Katherine Kleberg, Amelia Kleberg, Dr. Louis Harveson, Adriana Sanchez Valdez, Chalo Díaz, Ofilia Falcón, Steven Lamantia, Selena DeAndrade, Stevie Sauer, Juan Antonio De los Santos, Antonio Esquivel, Geny Alvarado, Mynor Alvarado, Ronaldo Alvarado, Frank Schuster, Becky Jones, Steve Cofoid
Year: 2019
Duration: 109 min
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: Mexico, United States
Screening rights: Fin and Fur Films ()
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Main topic(s): Water
Secondary topics: biodiversity migration politics wilderness wildlife
Mentions: Rio Grande border wall Trump migration biodiversity Texas river outdoor bicycle
Topic Page(s): Water

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