Undeterred tells the story of the build up of enforcement along the US/ Mexico border and how it functions. Through intimate portraits, raw footage and artful animation, it shows how life in one small town has changed and how local residents have organized to push back and resist those changes.
"[Undeterred] is very well done. The personal stories are both poignant and quite effective at conveying the day-to-day experience of living under military occupation and constant surveillance. The more analytic moments help to put all of that in the context of the evolving brutal policy regimes that have been fostered since nafta’s passage. I hope this film gets the wide attention it deserves."
Undeterred is a documentary about community resistance in the rural border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Since NAFTA, 9/11 and the Obama and Trump administrations border residents have been on the front-lines of the humanitarian crisis caused by increased border enforcement build up. Undeterred is an intimate and unique portrait of how residents in a small rural community, caught in the cross-hairs of global geo-political forces, have mobilized to demand our rights and to provide aid to injured, oft times dying people funneled across a wilderness desert.
The film was made by Eva Lewis, a resident of Arivaca and long time member of People Helping People in the Border Zone (PHP). Undeterred was created in close collaboration with the Arivaca community and members of PHP.