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Beyond Borders: Faith and Action in the Arizona Desert

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Rebecca Bowman Woods is news and website editor of DisciplesWorld magazine, a journal of news, mission, and opinion for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination. She is a 2007 graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio where she earned a Master of Divinity degree with a specialization in digital culture ministry.

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  • Actors: Rev. Robin Hoover, Rev. Delle McCormick, Fr. Robert Carney, Rev. John Fife, Dr. Norma Price
  • Directors: Rebecca Bowman Woods
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: RBW Communications
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017WIZ8Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With immigration talk often disintegrating into a political argument about how to enforce laws and protect jobs, "Beyond Borders: Faith and Action in the Arizona Desert" offers a different look at a complicated issue. The film focuses on a part of the immigration picture many people overlook -- the often lethal trek across the U.S.-Mexican border by Hispanic migrant workers and their families. More importantly, the 25-minute documentary frames immigration not only as a political or economic question, but a matter of faith.

The film features interviews with leaders of faith-based organizations providing humanitarian aid to migrants determined to cross the Arizona desert to work in the United States. In the movie, for example, a group called Humane Borders reports setting out 35,000 gallons of water in the desert during a recent year. "We have people say, 'You put water stations out, and you're encouraging people to come,'" one of the organization's leaders comments. "But people were coming long before we put water stations out, and ... they will continue to come until there's some resolution in terms of our immigration policy."

Besides showing how faith groups reach out to migrants at risk, the film invites reflection on injustices in the current immigration system. A priest tells about about eight young Mexicans who drowned as debris-filled waters rushed through a border-area storm drain after heavy mountain rains. The religious leader struggles to understand why these young people had to die just because they wanted a better life for their families.

"As I read the scriptures, I don't think we have any choice," the Rev. John Fife, retired senior minister of Tucson's Southside Presbyterian Church, tells the audience as he reflects on those his church and others serve.
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I just watched "Beyond Borders: Faith and Action in the Arizona Desert," again. It made me think. Director Rebecca Bowman Woods refers to those who cross the US/Mexico border seeking work, be it legally or illegally, as "migrants," which is what they are. Human beings are a migratory animal by nature, and "Beyond Borders" made me think of the Joad family, the "okie" migrants portrayed in John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath," and their journey from Oklahoma to the promised land of California in the dustbowl days of the 1930's. After you watch the DVD, read the book, or watch the movie if you can find it, and in your mind, change the last name from Joad to Sanchez and you'll see what I mean.

The focus of "Beyond Borders" is on several groups, such as Humane Borders, No More Deaths, Samaritans and BorderLinks, who maintain watering stations in the desert, search for those in need of medical attention and generally do, in my opinion, "what Jesus would do."

I was touched by the poignant vignettes painted in the documentary; of the young girl with conservative evangelical parents who don't approve of her efforts to help the "illegal aliens," but she does anyway. Then there's the immigrant from cold-war Hungary, who helps because he's been there. He recalls dodging the communist border guards and making his way to freedom in the West because others helped him. He's just returning the favor.

This is a DVD worth watching, and sharing with your friends, whatever their opinions are on "immigration."
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This DVD Beyond Borders is a vivid contemporary version of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Victims in this story are border-crossing Mexicans. Director Rebecca Bowman Woods interviews good Samaritans and other leaders of border ministry to explore the ethical and religious dimensions of the sticky issue of illegal immigration and narrates the tragic beauty of human drama taking place in the Sonoran desert. This DVD not only discloses the great need of ministry for border-crossing people and moving stories of the courage of good Samaritans, but also alludes to the role of Christians in organized efforts to prevent future victims. Director Woods touches this hot polemical issue of "illegal immigrants" from the perspective of Christian compassion and humaneness. Beyond Borders turns an abstract issue into an experience of the flesh and blood of real people. It is a significant Christian contribution to the national debate on immigration.
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Amid all the talk of policy, it can be easy to lose the notion that people's live are affected by political decisions, and sometimes put at risk by them. This video contributes to the conversation about proper immigration policy by focusing attention on the persons that make up the swell of cross-border migrants. Because the crossing is risky, there is a humanitarian response going on to minimize deaths in the desert, and the video offers an explanation of how recent policy changes have made the crossing more dangerous. The director does not push any particular policy, or advocate for more liberal borders, but some time is given to Rev. Hoover's plan for regulating migration which has some points worth considering in a comprehensive border policy. On the whole, it is a good introduction to some of the border/immigration issues. It would be an excellent conversation starter for a study or discussion group.
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