Filmmaker Charlie Minn, who has made thousands of documentaries on border-related issues, such as “Bullets on the border, or the new Juarez,” will be releasing another non-fiction movie soon. The film is called “Stuck in Tijuana.”
Stuck in Tijuana was made to put a human face on Central American migrants.
“To travel almost 3,000 dangerous miles is quite a feat.
“They won my respect and I felt that these people who are trying to escape poverty, violence and a lack of jobs in their homeland was enough to make a documentary,” Minn said.
Stuck in Tijuana will show how migrants are trying to shed the image of being criminals, “After talking to a lot of them, my sense is most of them are “law-abiding” but a few of them who are not are bringing the entire group down. But my hats off to the law-abiding migrants who have walked the 3,000 miles in a very dangerous country where there are drug cartels and violence, they found their way to the border and now they are just stuck.” Minn said.
PHOTO COURTESY CHARLIE MINN
Stuck in Tijuana will open at Bassett Place Mall in El Paso on Friday 3/8 for a minimum one week run. There will be a free catered dinner at Bassett theatre lounge all weekend for 5:30 and 7:30 ticket holders.
The documentary will also show viewers the way migrants are wanting to come into the United States, wishing to seek political asylum. “A lot of the migrants are not going about it the right way.Admitting they are trying to sneak into the US won’t get them in. It’s a sad state.” Said Minn.
Minn’s films represent innocent people who have been murdered or victimized. Stuck in Tijuana shows how children ran around and none of their parents were in sight. “Tijuana wasn’t ready for these migrants. Hopefully, Juarez will be better prepared. There is no telling how things will be in Juarez a month from now. The caravan won’t stop.”
The film has hit close to home because Juarez is the cities neighbor, Minn gives credit to those who have volunteered for the one shelter that has occupied these migrants.“We have the lack of food, and the lack of supplies, children are getting sick, we have one shelter where 1,000 people are sharing one bathroom.
People don’t know where to get water so they completely rely on volunteers.” Said Minn. Stuck in Tijuana will open at Bassett Place Mall in El Paso on Friday 3/8 for a minimum one week run.
There will be a free catered dinner at Bassett theatre lounge all weekend for 5:30 and 7:30 ticket holders. Daily show times are 11:30a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:30p, 7:30, and 9:30p. The film’s website is www.stuckintijuana.com.