Marfa Dialogues

The River and the Wall

JULY 19, 2019


The River and The Wall
Friday July 19, 2019
Crowley Theater, Marfa, Texas
Screening and remarks from producers Hillary Pierce, Nancy Sanders, & Katy Baldock
Doors at 7pm | Free


Ballroom Marfa and the Marfa Book Company present a screening of the documentary film The River and The Wall. The film follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes.

Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. Masters recruits NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.