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Jul 15, 2007 at 7:00 pm – Jul 16, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Crossing Arizona

With Joseph Matthew and Dan DeVivo

Crossing Arizona

Directed by Joseph Matthew and Dan DeVivo

July 15 | 7 pm

“On the last day or two[of Sundance] you hurry between screenings,trying to catch films everybody tells you not to miss.One I especiallyadmired was CROSSING ARIZONA”- Roger Ebert

“Deftly sustaining many points of view…in a complex, still-evolving debate.“ – Dennis Harvey,VARIETY


“CROSSING ARIZONA is more than a documentary;it’s a one way ticket into the eye of the hurricane of one of the most intense periods in the ever-controversial immigration debate”- Luis Alonso Perez,LA PRENSA

“A smart and in-depth look at how Washington policy plays out in the everyday lives of men and women on both sides of the border.“ – Angela Carone,SAN DIEGO CITYBEAT

“CROSSING ARIZONA moves sure-footedly from air-conditioned TV studios where pundits spout blather to the heat and dust of the desert…its got careful,graceful intelligence that finds the individual people and the big picture in a complex,real issue of concern.”- James Rocchi,CINEMATICAL

With Americans on all sides of the issue up in arms and Congress embroiled in a knock-down-drag-out policy battle over how to move forward, CROSSING ARIZONA shows how we got to where we are today . . .

Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers – an estimated 4,500 a day. Most are men in search of work, but increasingly the border-crossers are women and children seeking to reunite with their families. This influx of migrants crossing through Arizona and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labor and national security.

“Crossing Arizona” examines the crisis through the eyes of those directly affected by it. Frustrated ranchers go out day after day to repair cut fences and pick up the trash that endangers their livestock and livelihoods. Humanitarian groups place water stations in the desert in an attempt to save lives. Political activists rally against anti-migrant ballot initiatives and try to counter rampant fear mongering. Farmers who depend on the illegal work force face each day with the fear that they may lose their workers to a border patrol sweep. And now there are the Minutemen, an armed citizen patrol group taking border security into their own hands. As up-to-date as the nightly news, but far more in-depth, “Crossing Arizona” reveals the surprising political stances people take when immigration and border policy fails everyone.


Jul 15, 2007 at 7:00 pm
Jul 16, 2007 at 9:00 pm

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