Posted on July 23, 2019
In The River and the Wall, filmmaker Ben Masters (winner of Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s 2016 Awards for People’s Choice and Most Inspiring Adventure Film for Unbranded) brings us on a journey from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment.
The River and the Wall (109 minutes) 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.
All proceeds benefit SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. We are excited to offer SYRCL Member pricing to all ticket-buyers for this event. Join us for the film and learn how you can get involved in the 22nd Annual Yuba River Cleanup, happening on September 21.