ON THE DIVIDE follows three Latinx people living in McAllen, Texas who all connect to the last abortion clinic on the U.S./Mexico border. As pressures within their Catholic border community increases, our characters question their deeply held beliefs which unites them in unexpected ways.
ON THE DIVIDE follows a community in McAllen, TX which is adjacent to the U.S./Mexico border, and situated between multiple patrol checkpoints. McAllen is a majority Latinx and undocumented population and is home to the only abortion clinic serving the entire Rio Grande Valley as well as the largest immigrant detention center in the United States and the location of the construction of Trump’s Border wall. ON THE DIVIDE follows the stories of people in McAllen whose lives are directly impacted by these issues that continue to divide their own community and the larger public all around the country. From the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, who could overturn Roe v Wade, to troops being sent to the border to stop the migrant caravan-- activists and citizens on both sides of these debates are emboldened by the political climate, creating further division within the community. Our characters, however, are caught in the crossfire as they contend with their community being torn apart by conservative politics and policies.
Maya Cueva is an award-winning multimedia producer, specializing in directing, producing, and audio recording for documentary films and broadcast radio productions. In ON THE DIVIDE, Maya serves as the co-director, producer and often the audio producer. Her work has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, Latino USA, National Geographic, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, StyleCaster, and NBC’s Nightly News. Maya's documentary work has screened internationally and across the U.S., including SXSW, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and the International Youth Film Festival Langesund in Norway. Her short documentary, The Provider, was also awarded an Emmy at the College Television Awards in 2015. She is a 2019 Sundance Ignite Fellow and a Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center.
Leah Galant studied documentary film at Ithaca College, where she was named one of Variety’s "110 Students to Watch in Film and Media" for her work on The Provider (SXSW 2016) and Beyond the Wall. In ON THE DIVIDE, Leah serves as the co-director and often the director of photography. In 2017, she was a Sundance Ignite Fellow, and took part in a competitive year-long mentorship program for emerging filmmakers with the Sundance Institute. She was the Fall 2016 Sally Burns Shenkman Women Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, where she created Kitty and Ellen, a short film about the friendship of two Holocaust survivors, which screened at DOC NYC 2017. She premiered her latest film Death Metal Grandma at SXSW 2018 and screened at Hot Docs 2018 and PS Shorts Fest.
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