Albert Williams tries to hit a ball over the Wall

Albert Williams tries to hit a ball over the Wall during Joel Tauber's 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. - Mexico border

It was beautiful walking with Albert Williams—twice, on two separate days!—during my pilgrimage along the U.S.-Mexico border. And it was absolutely amazing seeing him hit a ball over the Wall!

Well… to be more precise… Albert hit a ball over a metal fence in front of the Border Wall (and in front of a pretty substantial buffer zone). But still, it was awesome! Somehow, it made it feel like the Border Wall had lost some of its power. And that filled me with relief.

Albert’s majestic baseball feat will be shown in the installation version of Border-Ball, which premieres at the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, CA, USA) March 10 – June 7, 2022.

Albert appears in the movie version of Border-Ball as well, which is screening online Dec 23-30 (all day each day) at the Multi Dimension Independent Film Festival and—with The Sharing Project—Dec 26 at the Bettiah International Film Festival at the Arcade Business College in Patna, India.

Talking with Alam Martinez in front of the Otay Mesa Detention Center

Alam Martinez talks with Joel Tauber in front of the Otay Mesa Detention Center during Tauber's 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. - Mexico border

It was so moving—and so terribly heart wrenching—talking with Alam Martinez in front of the Otay Mesa Detention Center during my pilgrimage along the U.S – Mexico border.

Here’s a bit of what he told me: “El centro de detención de Otay Mesa… no es un lugar grato pa’ver a mi hermano… Hemos crecido juntos en toda la vida y la verdad lo extraño mucho… Me duele mi corazón.” “The Otay Mesa Detention Center… is not an enjoyable place to see my brother… We’ve grown up together our entire lives and I really miss him… My heart aches.”

Alam’s interview is featured in both the movie and art installation versions of Border-Ball.

Playing catch with Abraham Fosce at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry

Abraham Fosce plays catch with Joel Tauber at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry during Tauber's 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. - Mexico border

Many thanks to Abraham Fosce and everyone else who walked with me, played catch with me, and shared their stories during my 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. – Mexico border.

Join the conversation. Share your thoughts and stories about borders and immigration here: https://borderballstories.tumblr.com

Recent Awards For Border-Ball

I’m grateful for all the awards that Border-Ball has won, including these recent ones: “Best Story” at the 2021 Gully International Film Festival (Nawada, India), “Best Documentary Experimental” at the November 2021 Hollywood On The Tiber Film Awards (Rome, Italy), “Best Documentary” and “Best Documentary Director”at the November 2021 Gralha International Monthly Film Awards (Curtiba, Brazil), “Best Human Rights Film” at the October – November 2021 Multi Dimension Independent Film Festival (UK), “Best Short Documentary” at the October 2021 V.i.Z. Film Fest (Bulgaria), “Best Cinematography” and “Best Color Editing” at the October 2021 Masters Of Cinema International Film Festival (Moscow, Russia), and “Best Cinematography, Short Documentary” and “Best Soundtrack, Short Documentary” at the October 2021 Latin America Film Awards (Rio, Brazil). Many thanks to all the film festivals!

Border-Ball screening at Liverpool Film Festival on November 13

Border-Ball is screening online at the Liverpool Film Festival on Saturday November 13 from 3:00-4:15 pm (UK times) (geoblocked to the UK).

The short documentary screening block includes: Revolution-Edu, Dirty Business, Shiver Shanker’s Fate, Clown, and Copy of the Nature.

Tickets and more information here.

Joel Tauber's film Border-Ball is screening online at the Liverpool Film Festival on November 13 from 3:00-4:15 pm (UK times) (geoblocked to the UK).

Border-Ball screening at YoFiFest on November 8

Border-Ball is screening online at YoFiFest: The Yonkers Film Festival on Monday November 8 at 5:30 pm EST.

The screening block runs until 7:30 pm. It includes a Q&A and 2 other film screenings: George Floyd: Say Their Names and SUBOA-Making The Call.

Tickets and more info here.

Joel Tauber’s film Border-Ball is screening online at YoFiFest: The Yonkers Film Festival on Monday November 8 at 5:30 pm EST.
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