A Divided Friendship - Border Field State Park
This work in progress focuses on Border Field State Park in San Diego, California. The park marks the southern-most point on the West coast of the continental United States, located exactly where the United States, Mexico and the Pacific Ocean meet. The existing fence still allows for face-to-face communication across the border, making this an important gathering place for families that have been separated due to immigration status. Border Field State Park is also a significant Native American cultural site, as well as a fragile ecological habitat. Washington politicians and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently decided to unilaterally suspend all environmental regulations and ignore local concerns in order to construct a 150 foot wide triple fence extending into the Pacific Ocean, destroying this last remnant of what was originally known as Friendship Park. Our film shows the beauty and diversity of the park from both sides of the border, and explores current policy decisions and their consequences that are framed within anti-immigrant and national security rhetoric. It contains interviews with families, activists and others concerned about the future of this unique and special place.