THE RIVER AND THE WALL
The River and the Wall 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.
Followed by a discussion with
Moderator: Michael Abramowitz - President of Freedom House
Ambassador Melanne Verveer - Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security at Georgetown University
Esther Olavarria - Former Obama Administration DHS official
David Shahoulian - Counsel to U.S. Congress/House Subcommittee on Immigration