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This film follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands. They travel 1,200 miles, from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico, on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. Realizing the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms, they set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment. 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.

BONUS CONTENT: Watch the post-screening discussion of The River and the Wall from the Opening Night of our 2019 Festival at the National Geographic Museum.

Featuring director Ben Masters, author/philanthropist Howard Buffet, and Washington Post Senior National Affairs Correspondent Juliet Eilperin.


The River and the Wall

2019 US 108 min
Festival Year: 2019
Director: Ben Masters
Executive Producer: Howard Buffett
Types: Documentary, Feature, Watch Now
Topic: Adventure, Conservation, Wildlife

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