Film Synopsis:

American volunteers in Matamoros, Mexico, are the only lifeline for Central American asylum-seekers caught between two governments hostile to their situation. As the U.S. asylum courts deny their claims and the Mexican government takes daily steps to make camp life difficult, the refugees and volunteers hang on together, waiting for justice.

Witness at the Border is the sequel to our prize-winning documentary Witness at Tornillo. The film is still in production, having been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team anxiously awaits the day when they can safely return to the border and interact with asylum seekers there.

If you have interview suggestions or know of funding opportunities to contribute to the finishing of this film, please email the film’s director, Shane Franklin, at

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