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.
"Gripping, and beautifully executed".
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.
"Undeterred captures and exposes the inherent violence and lawlessness that underpins border enforcement—and the terror that is deployed against whole populations in the process. Undeterred also tells another story—one of humanity. Interweaving storytelling-like narrative and artistic motifs, we learn the moving stories and perspectives of migrant-crossers, and the tragic consequences built into the very design and faulty logic of so-called “prevention through deterrence” policy. We also witness the beauty of resistance growing from below, and how it can crack the foundation of the militarized border regime. People from across the affected border towns and indigenous nations pull together to resist the real invaders, la migra, and wage heroic struggle to eject them from their communities. This is a story we must all learn—and become part of."
"We often hear that the Mexico-U.S. border is “porous” and “open.” “Undeterred” shows us the reality: the suffering and deaths of thousands of migrants as they try to cross, and the trauma of border residents as they try to live their daily lives in what has become a militarized zone. This film is a powerful tool for countering misinformation and for demonstrating how communities can fight for a rational, humane immigration policy."
"[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."