644

The Tinaja Trail

Produced by Coke Newell
Illegal Immigration. Politics. Humanitarian Response. Art. Technology. Poetry.

Videos

The Tinaja Trail - HD Trailer

Overview

Genre
Human Rights, Social Issues, Politics, Minorities, and Contemporary Issues
Synopsis

For centuries, survival in the unforgiving deserts of the American Southwest has hinged on one’s ability to locate natural cavities or wind-carved cisterns in rocks called tinajas (tee-NAH-hahs). In these desolate borderlands, hundreds of undocumented immigrants die every year while attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico. In response to this humanitarian crisis, many volunteers and human rights activists are caching water supplies along the migratory trails, while others are imagining cell phones running geo-poetic trail-finding software promising to lead migrants to water. From the perspectives of both the undocumented migrants and the aid-givers, The Tinaja Trail provides a compelling tale of life and death, and humanitarian service, in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

Stage
in post-production
Running time
64 minutes

Credits

  • Bryce Newell ... Director, Producer, Cinematographer & Editor
  • Donald Meyer ... Music Composer
  • Coke Newell ... Producer
  • Cindy Newell ... Producer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
The Humanitarian Film Initiative
Country
United States
Years of Production
2010-2014
Locations
USA; Mexico
Prod. Partners
The Center for Independent Documentary

Distribution Details

Release year
2014
Festivals
Gasparilla International Film Festival; Arizona International Film Festival; Sunscreen Film Festival; Ellensburg Film Festival; Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival; Tiburon Film Society
Language
English; Spanish
Subtitles
English

Photos

Humane borders_thumb
Inside el comedor_thumb
The tinaja trail poster 1 -small_thumb

Browse documentary films on The D-Word