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Birth on the Border
A film by Ellie Lobovits
Mexico/US, 2018, 28 minutes, Color, DVD, English/Spanish
Order No. W191235

This intimate and personal documentary follows two women from Ciudad Juárez as they cross the U.S.-Mexico border legally to give birth in Texas, putting their hearts and bodies on the line as they confront harassment at the hands of U.S. border officials.

One million people legally cross the U.S.-Mexico border every day in both directions. Among them are women who cross for the purposes of childbirth. With the threat of obstetrical violence in Mexican hospitals and the desire for natural birth with midwives, Gaby and Luisa make the difficult decision to cross the border to El Paso, seeking a safer future for their children. Even with papers, their journeys are uncertain.

Against the backdrop of oppressive U.S. border policy and growing debates over immigration, these women's stories of risk, strength, and resilience shed light on the realities and challenges of life on the border.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • Femme Frontera Film Festival
  • Ambulante Festival

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    "BIRTH ON THE BORDER places you in the hearts and minds of women who make large and often terrifying sacrifices for the health and safety of their children. Whatever your views on immigration, this film will challenge what you think you know."
    Angie Reza Tures
    Founder and Producer of Femme Frontera Film Festival

    "BIRTH ON THE BORDER uses beautiful imagery and compelling stories to illuminate an important yet often overlooked topic: childbirth and the border. Not only is this film timely, but it also has broad appeal to those interested in the US health care system, US-Mexico borders, and/or immigration. Although this is not a typical educational documentary style film, I showed Birth on the Border in my university course because it touches on so many aspects of the human experience. Unsurprisingly, it generated rich discussion."
    Ophra Leyser-Whalen, PhD
    Professor, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Texas, El Paso

    "This film explores the politics of care work and the lived experiences of women for whom dangerous border crossings are a daily reality. Birth on the Border is absolutely essential viewing for all race, class, and gender studies courses.”
    Diana Cage
    Professor, Art & Gender Studies, San Francisco State University

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