Synopsis: Available May 28th from 10:00am to 5:00pm Only!
In this creative non-fiction feature, history haunts the border town of Columbus, New Mexico, when riders on horseback cross the line to commemorate Pancho Villa’s 1916 raid. At the height of the Mexican Revolution, Pancho Villa raided Columbus, NM. Every year, the town’s commemoration of the raid opens old wounds. After decades of repetition, this story has come to shape the town’s identity. In today’s climate, crossing the border between the US and Mexico in a ceremony of bi-national celebration is as exceptional as it is inevitable.
My visual perspective fashioned over 25 years of hybrid film-making combines pristine archival material of the raid and the US military expedition which followed it with a camera that observes its present-day interlocutors from an intimate distance. I spent months with these border dwellers. Each of them a storyteller with a story to tell about Villa and their own life in the borderlands. Viewing these characters through the long lens of history shapes the film’s point-of-view to create a timeless document of the US/Mexico border.