AFI DOCS: Virtual World Premiere of BLOOD ON THE WALL
Following the film, watch a recorded discussion led by NBC News and MSNBC Correspondent Jacob Soboroff with directors Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested.
Immigration under the current administration is indelibly marked by powerful media images of migrant caravans, thousands of Central American families walking hundreds of miles through Mexico desperate to attain asylum in the United States. Acclaimed filmmaker Sebastian Junger (Academy Award®-nominated RESTREPO and KORENGAL) reteams with Nick Quested (Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS) and National Geographic to chronicle the course of events that would transform Acapulco from tourist destination to murder capital in less than a decade.
“The caravan was brutal from a physical perspective. Long hot days, flu, walking— anyone who was prepared to walk in that heat for that long was dealing with a terrible situation,” said Quested. “The atmosphere of hope when the caravan crossed into Mexico was tremendous. That hope ebbed slowly as the caravan moved north.”
As explicit in its indictment as it is in its graphic presentation of the horrors these families are desperate to escape, this documentary is a wake-up call to those who refuse to acknowledge the role the U.S. has played in allowing drugs and money to move effortlessly across the same border where endangered families are refused entry each day.
“Documentaries, when pure, balance the emotional experiences of their characters with objective assessment of the reality of the situation,” said Quested. “I hope [the audience] can empathize with the decisions that many on the caravan had to make.”