Walls: An insightful documentary film that sheds light on bordering nations and the walls that separate them.
When the Berlin Wall came down, we dismissed the idea of separation walls as something from the past. Reality is exactly the opposite. There have never been so many walls. There are thousands of kilometers of fences, gates, barbed wire and barriers in the most distant and dissimilar parts of the world. This film tells the true stories of people living on both sides of very different walls. These are intimate and intense stories that show us that on both sides, we all share the same hopes, fears, thoughts, and emotions; the same desire to survive.
Filmed on four continents, Walls presents eight personal stories of people who are directly affected by a physical barrier. A wall that inevitably results in an inner barrier as well. “My children are on the other side. That is my obstacle: The wall!” It’s a universal theme, that’s lived locally. The film includes the wall between the U.S and Mexico, Zimbabwe and South Africa, India and Bangladesh and Spain with Morocco. “It doesn’t stop a movement. People are going to move. We are all going to move. We are all human beings. We all came from somewhere. So it’s like a survival game. We are the mice and they are the cats. We have dreams and they have hopes, like everyone else. We all share the same basic emotions no matter where you are.”
The film is produced by Arena Comunicación and is directed by Pablo Iraburu and Migueltxo Molina. More than taking sides or pushing a political agenda, they say it’s simply about showing a reality that’s lived in different parts of the globe.
Program Type: Documentary
Year Released: 2012
Running Time: 85 minutes
Language(s): English and Spanish