Saturday, November 04, 2006

Border Film Project

This article describes the Border Film Project, an organization that hands out disposable cameras to immigrants and Minutemen alike (along with a postage paid envelope) create a photo diary of life on the U.S. Mexico border.

The project is remarkable in that it provides rarely viewed images of what it is like to cross the border from the migrant's perspective. The photos are poignant and at times, disturbing, but well worth your time.

The Minutemen photos are predictably narcissistic: pictures of mainly middle-age men sitting on chairs, watching. There are no photos of immigrant sightings or actual apprehensions, but the Minutemen seem to enjoy passing the time drinking beer.

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