Small Town, Turn Away

A meditation on home, history, and queer migrations where the border meets the sea.


Cultural History, Personal Doc, Docu-Fiction, Minorities, and Contemporary Issues

“Small Town, Turn Away” is a feature-length documentary portrait of the filmmaker’s Mexican-American border hometown of Brownsville, Texas. In this autobiographical meditation on home, history, and queer migrations, the filmmaker returns from Germany to the town she left 30 years ago as a queer teenager, following in the footsteps of an older cousin who died from AIDS. Blending vérité, archival, and fantasy sequences, the film takes a lyrical journey into the past to find home again. In the process, a contemporary story emerges about a border town still dealing with the legacy of the 1980s as current political events open old wounds. “Small Town, Turn Away” explores the different ways that a place can exile or embrace people, and what role we all take when we draw those emotional lines that separate or enfold.

in development


Production Details

United States
Brownsville, Texas

Distribution Details

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