The Tinaja Trail (2014)

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In the desolate borderlands of the American Southwest, hundreds of undocumented immigrants die every year while attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico. In response, ... See full summary »


Bryce Newell


Bryce Newell (story), Coke Newell



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Credited cast:
Ben Cassel Ben Cassel ... Himself - Former President, Water Station
Ricardo Dominguez Ricardo Dominguez ... Himself - Professor, UCSD
Alvaro Enciso Alvaro Enciso ... Himself - Volunteer, Tucson Samaritans
Mary Goethals Mary Goethals ... Herself - Volunteer, Tucson Samaritans
John Hunter John Hunter ... Himself - Founder / Board Member, Water Station
Laura Celina Hunter Laura Celina Hunter ... Herself - Board Member, Water Station
Enrique Morones Enrique Morones ... Himself - Executive Director, Border Angels
Joel Smith Joel Smith ... Himself - Operations Manager, Humane Borders
Brett Stalbaum Brett Stalbaum ... Himself - Lecturer w SOE, UCSD
Shura Wallin Shura Wallin ... Herself, Founder, Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans
Amy Sara Carroll Amy Sara Carroll ... Herself - Professor, University of Michigan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Greg Hess Greg Hess ... Himself - Chief Medical Examiner, Pima County Arizona
Bill Ong Hing Bill Ong Hing ... Himself - Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
Kevin Johnson Kevin Johnson ... Himself - Dean, UC Davis School of Law


In the desolate borderlands of the American Southwest, hundreds of undocumented immigrants die every year while attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico. In response, volunteers are caching water supplies along the migratory trails and others are imagining cell phones running geo-poetic trail-finding software promising to lead migrants to water. Through the voices of those who have crossed, those who have failed, and those who are trying to prevent more deaths, a complex picture of the immigration crisis emerges. Written by Bryce Clayton Newell (Director)

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Hundreds of migrants die every year along the U.S.-Mexico border. Others are trying to save their lives. This is their story.


Documentary | Drama



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Release Date:

13 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

We Have a Wall: Saving Lives along the U.S.-Mexico border See more »

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Death on the U.S./Mexico Border
18 April 2014 | by krjohnson-978-247683See all my reviews

There have been cries for increased border enforcement for at least the last twenty years. Even though increased enforcement has not measurably reduced the undocumented population in the United States, it has had unfortunate collateral consequences -- thousands of deaths of migrants along the U.S./Mexico border. The Tinaja Trail tells the stories of the migrants, some who made it and others who did not; as a group, the immigrants from Mexico are frequently marginalized as "illegal aliens" deserving of their fates. By so doing, the film brings humanity to our thinking about immigration in 21st century America. I enthusiastically recommend The Tinaja Trail to anyone interested in immigration, civil rights, and human rights.

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