The 800 Mile Wall highlights the construction of the new border walls along the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the effect on migrants trying to cross into the U.S. This powerful 90-minute film is an unflinching look at a failed U.S. border strategy that many believe has caused the death of thousands of migrants and violates fundamental human rights.
Since border walls have been built, well over 5,000 migrant bodies have been recovered in U.S. deserts, mountains and canals. Some unofficial reports put the death toll as high as 10,000 men, women and children. As a direct result of U.S. border policy, migrants are forced to cross treacherous deserts and mountains in search of low skill and low paying jobs in the United States. The New York Times writes, "Current border strategy is serving as a funnel through deadly terrain." The 800 Mile Wall documents, in great detail, the ineffective and deadly results of a failed border policy and offers some thoughts and on how the current human rights crisis may be resolved. Directed by John Carlos Frey and Produced by Jack Lorenz. Running Time: 90 min.
Dr. Bruce Anderson - Forensic Anthropologist - Pima County, Arizona
Dr. Anderson identifies undocumented migrants who have died in Arizona while attempting to cross through the Sonoran Desert.
Jorge Bustamante, PhD -United Nations - Special Rapporteur on Migration -Dr. Bustamante is also currently a professor and researcher at El Colegio del Frontera Norte and is also a Professor at the University of Notre Dame.
Wayne Cornelius, PhD - -UCSD Dr. Cornelius is described as the nation's foremost academic expert on Mexican immigration.
Bruce Einhorn- U.S. Immigration Judge (retired)
Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of Asylum Clinic, Pepperdine University School of Law.
Kathryn Ferguson- Volunteer and Media Coordinator
For years, Kathryn has helped countless distressed migrants in the deserts of southern Arizona.
Reverend John Fife- Founder - & Sanctuary Movement
Rev. Fife served as a minister for 35 years at Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson and has dedicated his ministry to saving migrant lives.
David Garcia- Tohono O'odham Tribal Member
Mr. Garcia served as a tribal legislator for eight years in the Chukut Kuk District. He ccurrently assists Mike Wilson by putting out water for migrants on reservation land.
Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, PhD - University of Arizona
Binational Migration Institute associate and author of "The Funnel Effect," studying migrant death related to border security infrastucture.
Sue Goodman - - Executive Director
Sue has been working to save migrant lives in the desert of southern Arizona for the past nine years.
Raul Grijalva - Congressman
Congressman Grijalva is a member of the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Education and Labor.