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Of Kites and Borders
60 minutes
English subtitles

Of Kites and Borders

OF KITES AND BORDERS, winner of the Best Documentary Award at the San Diego Film Festival and the Havana Film Festival in New York, tells the story of the daily struggle to be a child living on the US-Mexico border through the eyes of four working children in the city of Tijuana.

Edie is a teen who smuggles immigrants into the United States while promising himself that he will never get worn-out working in the maquilas (assembly plants). Carmela is a nine-year old who knows more about work in the city's dumps than about fairy tales, yet every day at sunset she dreams of a better life while watching the kites that fly over her slum. Lastly, brothers Adrián and Fernando don masks to conceal their youth and perform wrestling matches at busy intersections in order to support their family - all the while dreaming of traveling the world as famous Mexican luchadores.
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"...A unique and essential film to understand how borders affect people's lives..." - Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF, Mexico)

• Best Documentary, Havana Film Festival in New York
• Best Documentary, San Diego Film Festival
• Best Mexican Feature, DocsDF
• International Documentary Film Festival Miradasdoc, Tenerife, Spain
• Cine Migrante, International Film Festival of Buenos Aires
• Lakino, Latin American Film Festival of Berlin
• New Orleans Film Festival
• Cine Invisible International Film Festival of Bilbao, Spain
• The Documentary Forum, New York
• International Human Rights and Film Festival of Valencia, Spain
• San Francisco DocFest
• Havana Film Festival in New York
• Malaga Film Festival, Spain
• Ashland Independent Film Festival, Oregon
• DocsDF

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