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On The Line – Edinburgh
Film Synopsis: On the Line
Every year, over 100,000 Mexicans living in the USA are deported to Mexico. Many of them have spent decades in the US, working, paying taxes, starting families; some can barely speak Spanish. From one day to the next, they are torn away from everything they’ve known, unable to return home or appeal their deportation.
Rocio, Sergio and Richard try to make ends meet in the border town of Tijuana, where a booming call centre industry outsources deportees’ skills to US companies. On the Line follows its protagonists over the course of a year, capturing their struggle against a growing sense of loss and the threat of erasure, to deliver a quietly powerful indictment against the inhumane arbitrariness of immigration policies.
Content notes: References to addiction, violence, displacement and racism.
Beyond the Screen
The film will be screened with a short film (Motherland) and followed by pre-recorded conversation between Luke de Noronha and Pinar Aksu that explores how to challenge border imperialism and centre migrant justice.
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