Nancy Abraham, HBO
Director of Cinematography
Premiered at opening night Sundance, 2010, The Fence looks at the construction of the 700-mile fence along the troubled 2000-mile-plus border between Mexico and the United States. Three years, 19 construction companies, 350 engineers, thousands of construction workers, tens of thousands of tons of metal and $3 billion later, this film asks, was it worth it? From Border Patrol guards, to ranchers, to environmentalists, and voices from both sides of the American immigration controversy, the film investigates the impact of the project, sometimes revealing how its stated goals have given way to unforeseen, even absurd consequences.
From the context of the recent extreme immigration laws enacted in Arizona, and the Obama administration’s response, this film underscores the stark contrast between fact and political opinion on immigration in the United States.
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