Title:  Of Kites and Borders
Category:  Documentary
Length:  59 Minutes
Filmmaker(s):  Yolanda Pividal
Year:  2013
Country:  Mexico, Spain, USA

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Of Kites and Borders tells the story of the daily struggle to live on the US–Mexico border through the eyes of four children in Tijuana. Edie is a teenager who smuggles migrants into the US and then spends his hard earned dollars on cockfighting, the only passion that helps him escape his bitter reality. Carmela, a nine-year-old girl who scavenges scrap metal in city dumps, fantasizes of a better life while watching the kites that fly above the towering assembly plants (maquilas) that crown her slum. At busy intersections, Fernando and his brother Adrián support their family by performing masked wrestling matches, just like the famous Mexican luchadores they dream of becoming. A story of hope and survival that goes beyond the headlines to explore the fundamental nature of immigration and the persistence of childhood dreams. [subtitles]
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