"The River and the Wall"
Directed by Ben Masters, the documentary The River and the Wall chronicles the 1,200-mile journey along the U.S.-Mexico border Masters undertakes with a small team that includes fellow wildlife filmmaker Filipe Deandrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, conservationist Jay Kleberg, and river guide Austin Alvarado. The team’s goal is to capture the beauty of the landscapes that would be irrevocably altered and/or harmed by President Trump’s planned contiguous border wall. They travel for months from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico by bike, foot, horse, and raft, interviewing concerned residents, activists, ranchers, and politicians—notably then-Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Congressman Will Hurd—along the way. The River and the Wall, which premiered locally during this year’s SXSW Film Festival,will screen 11 a.m. April 27 during this year’s Hill Country Film Festival at the Fritztown Cinema in Fredericksburg. The documentary also will screen 7:30 p.m. May 2 at various Austin theaters via Tugg and at 3:30 p.m. May 4 at the Austin Film Society's AFS Cinema. Austin-based Ben Masters previously appeared in the documentary Unbranded and produced the 2017 documentaryCharged: The Eduardo Garcia Story.
Aired: April 22, 2019