Saturday, May 15, 2010
A year ago, the Tucson Weekly interviewed LuisCarlos Romero-Davis about his documentary 389 Miles: Living the Border. In the film he interviews a coyote, Border Patrol agents and even Minuteman Civil Defense Corps founder and former U.S. Senate candidate Chris Simcox.
While border stories are the norm in our world, Romero-Davis' series of border stories in his documentary seem more important now in the shadow of SB 1070 and the murder of Douglas rancher Robert Krentz. Romero-Davis also brings a unique perspective of his work on the border—he was born in Nogales, Sonora, and raised—al otra lado—in Nogales, Ariz.
The Range recently learned in The Huffington Post that Romero-Davis' Nogales street cred only goes so far. The documentary, which won the Golden Iguana, the audience award for the best film at the Puerto Vallarta International Film Festival, was banned by the Nogales (Sonora) City Film Council from the city film festival. In response, Davis has screened the film in as many places as he can in Arizona, and is still searching for screening opportunities.
Above, Romero-Davis put together an animated short in response to being banned from his hometown's film fest. Below is his response to SB 1070. To host a screening of 389 Miles, contact Liz Rangel at firstname.lastname@example.org.