Borders Between My Mother and I
This film is about the borders that stand between mothers and their children in crossing the US-Mexico border. We were inspired by the novel’s portrayal of reunification between families who had been separated because of enslavement. In our film, we bring to light the emotions of our parents who left their mothers, in seeing them after many years, of not being able to do so because of their legal status, when visiting her grave after leaving for a foreign country. Throughout the film, the viewer will hear the struggles of each individual, the reasons for why the left their homelands, what they were most afraid of being in the middle of nowhere and their connections with their loved ones. Just as Harper portrays the hardships that Iola experienced in finding her mother and brother after being sold in slavery, we demonstrate the hardships of being separated from your family in the hopes to live a better life.
Borders Between My Mother and I would like to those who shared photographs from their personal archive and their stories in the interviews for this film. The film’s soundtrack also samples from “Madre Querida” by Vicente Fernandez.
“Saw you, the sad imploring eye?
It's every glance was pain,
As if a storm of agony
Were sweeping through the brain.
She is a mother pale with fear
Her boy clings to her side
And in her kyrtle vainly tries
His trembling from to hide.”
— The Slave Mother: A Tale of the Ohio (1854)