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Undocumented Migration Project/Hostile Terrain 94 Exhibition* : Films & Music

Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94) is a participatory project organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by MacArthur Fellow and UCLA anthropologist Jason De León.
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2021 12:04 PM

Suggested Films and a Spotify playlist

Border South

Synopsis: Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from southern Mexico to the US border. Gustavo’s gunshot wounds from Mexican police, which have achieved abundant press attention, might just earn him a ticket out of Nicaragua. Meanwhile anthropologist Jason painstakingly collects the trail’s remains, which have their own stories to tell. Fragmented stories from Hondurans crossing through southern Mexico assemble a vivid portrait of the thousands of immigrants who disappear along the trail. Border South reveals the immigrants’ resilience, ingenuity, and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.

Rent from these platforms: JustWatch: Border South


The Hidden Workforce, Undocumented in America (CNN)

Synopsis: Correspondent Ed Lavandera visits rural communities in Minnesota, Iowa, and New Jersey transformed by immigrants (many undocumented) to explore the new landscape. Interviews with both labor and business about how and why the workforce has changed shows how immigrants help businesses and communities thrive and survive.



Synopsis: Linking the abstract language of immigration policy and the passion of the deportation debates with the quotidian personal lives of three students and their families, this documentary effectively contrasts the intimate and precarious situation facing the DACA recipients and their families with the instrumental world of politicians, politics and public policy. 

Rentable from Amazon: Amazon Prime Video: Indivisible:


The Undocumented

Synopsis: Tells the story of Marcos Hernandez, an undocumented Mexican living and working in Chicago. Marcos came to the United States, crossing through the Sonora Desert in southern Arizona. Each month he sends money to his mother in Mexico City for medicine for his brother Gustavo who is in need of a kidney transplant. But Marcos had an even more pressing reason for coming to the United States.

Can be rented with an account here: Docsville Films: The Undocumented


Which Way Home

Synopsis: A feature documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants, on their journey through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States.

Rent from these platforms: JustWatch: Which Way Home


A music playlist associated with the exhibition may be found on Spotify.

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