Documentarians Jess Beck and Kevin Brown's travels to document the border crisis led them to meet many individuals who are seeking entry into the United States, including American deportees and members of the Central American caravan, and to gain a better understanding of this humanitarian crisis more generally by interviewing brave asylum-seekers about the dehumanizing conditions and unprecedented challenges that they are facing.
Since that first trip, they have filmed twice more at the Tijuana/San Diego border, following up with a number of individuals as they continue their struggle to seek a life that guarantees safety and other basic human rights.
While some interviewees have allowed Beck and Brown to show their faces on camera, many subjects only agreed to be filmed with their identities obscured, to avoid the possibility of discovery by criminal elements in their countries of departure.
We are reaching out to you now because the team has hours of Spanish-language interviews that need professional translation and transcription before we can use them to create documentary-quality content. After receiving several quotes, we believe we can get all the footage translated and transcribed for $6,500.
Once this footage is translated, Jess and Kevin can prepare a proper pitch reel of their work so far to seek grant funding for the next stage of this project. The end goal is a feature documentary following the stories of numerous individuals seeking entry into the United States and illustrating the human costs of the United States’ present war on immigration.
Please contribute if you can! We believe that raising awareness of the conditions on the border is necessary to change the dialogue in American life on this life-and-death issue.
- Heidi Burke
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