’Bullets at the Border’ Documentary Looks at Controversial Deaths on US-Mexico Border
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November 12, 2017
Bullets at the Border - Documentary Trailer (Double Wave Productions)
Filmmaker Charlie Minn is looking forward to the premier next month of his documentary about the deaths of three Mexican teenagers in border incidents involving US agents.
"Bullets at the Border" aims to bring renewed attention to two fatal shootings by Border Patrol agents and to a third death blamed on negligence by US Customs and Border Protection personnel.
The director told EFE that he wants to raise awareness about the often unequal relationship between Border Patrol agents and people on the other side of the border.
"The Mexicans and the United States border agents don't like each other. Despite this, the gunshots never should have happened. There has been too much loss of life," the New York native said in an interview.
Minn, whose previous films include documentaries about the 2016 Orlando nightclub massacre and drug-war mayhem in Mexico, said he set out to determine whether the two shooting deaths were "murders or acts of self-defense."
... The third case featured in "Bullets at the Border" centers on the events of Nov. 18, 2013 at the San Ysidro border crossing, just outside San Diego, where Mexican national Cruz Velazquez, 16, was stopped by US agents as he tried to enter the United States.
The families of all three of the boys filed lawsuits against the US government, but only Velazquez's parents have received any compensation for the death of their son.
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