'The River and The Wall' Director Ben Masters on Trump's Border Wall Project: 'It Isn't Going to Work'
Masters' award-winning film, documenting his journey by canoe along the Rio Grande, premieres on Starz network tonight
Hillary Pierce, producer of the documentary The River and The Wall, has a message for anyone who believes Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall project is going nowhere.
"If you think this is not happening, that this could never happen, it is happening," she told an audience in Los Angeles at an IDA screening of the documentary. "While the rest of us are distracted by the chaos of the news cycle, the wall is going up."
The film directed by Ben Masters is built around a journey the director undertook with four friends navigating 1,200 miles of the Rio Grande, the ostensible border between Texas and Mexico. The film explores the logistical difficulties (impossibilities?) of building a wall along a vast expanse that includes long stretches of mountainous, rugged terrain as well as ecologically sensitive areas. The documentary confronts the ethical and political dimensions of the wall, as well as its alarming environmental impact.
The River and The Wall premieres on the Straz cable network tonight, following a theatrical run earlier in the year. It premiered at SXSW in March, where the film won the Louis Black Lone Star Award.
In the video below, Masters and Pierce mince no words about the border wall:
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.