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The “Anti-Immigration” Wall of the Tercera Nacion: Between Wealth and Poverty
Extract from a book “Des murs entre les hommes” (published at La Documentation française, 2007) translated by David Chuter.
The frontier between the United States and Mexico, 3,200 kilometres long, crosses the whole continent, from the Pacific Ocean on the West of California to the Gulf of Mexico, off Texas in the East. We have chosen to start our tour from San Diego, fourth largest city in California, and Tijuana, the fourth largest city in Mexico.
San Diego is a peaceful town by the sea, clean and colourful. Its extension, the town of San Isidro, is the main entry point to Tijuana, a sprawling city under constant development. Every…
I’m greatly encouraged by the possibility of part of the film focusing on the site of Tijuana, as Gael discussed with Annie Lennox. Not only is it clearly an important site of cultural exchange, migration flows and inequalities but, as with many border areas, the creation of difference is on some levels only imaginary because the strict lines of cultural division that national borders insist upon, do not accurately embrace the realities of movements between and against them.
Importantly the factory culture of female workers in Cuidad Juarez, would also be an interesting inclusion perhaps, where the many unsolved “femicide” cases speak volumes on some of the extremely negative aspects of machista culture. Of course, I do not intend to…
My form of resistance is a silent one. One that is common when living in a bordertown. It is one of sadness and hope. It is that of the border wall and a drug war. Both are things that seem like they have no solution.
I’ve lived in Los Angeles, San Diego & Tijuana, MX. Out of all three, my favorite place of all was Tijuana, MX. Many view it as a party town, but its not. It’s more than that. It’s an explosion of culture. A world within a city. It is a fusion of new and old. It is truly a concrete jungle. But its a beautiful one full of life and movement. There aren’t many places where…
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