Birth on the Border
Mexico/US | 2018 | 28 minutes | Color | DVD | English/Spanish | Order No. 191235 |
Seeking a safer future for their children, two women from Ciudad Juárez, risk harassment at the hands of Border Patrol to cross the US-Mexico border legally to give birth in El Paso, Texas.
"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."
"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."
"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.”
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Femme Frontera Film Festival
- Ambulante Festival
Ellie Lobovits is a feminist filmmaker, writer, and professor whose work combines art with social activism, the personal with the political. Ellie’s most recent film, BIRTH ON THE BORDER, is an intimate portrait of Mexican women’s narratives of childbirth and harassment on the U.S.- Mexico border. Ellie’s lyrical short films have explored themes of memory, mortality, and the natural world. Ellie holds a BA in Anthropology and Photography from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Visual Anthropology from San Francisco State. (02/19)