The Migrant Trail Game

The Migrant Trail is a video game that introduces players to the hardships and perils of crossing the Sonora Desert.

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Premiere Date
February 21, 2014
Funding Initiative
Short-Form Series and Special Projects

Marco Williams

Marco Williams is a filmmaker and film educator, best known for Two Towns of Jasper, which won a Peabody Award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. His directing credits include: The Undocumented (Independent Lens/PBS); Inside the New Black Panthers (National Geographic); Banished (Independent Lens/PBS); Freedom Summer (History Show more Channel); I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education (MTV); MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream (Discovery Times); Making Peace: Rebuilding our Communities (PBS); The Pursuit of Happiness: With Arianna Huffington (PBS); Without a Pass (PBS); In Search of Our Fathers (Frontline/PBS); and From Harlem to Harvard (The Learning Channel). In addition to the Peabody, Williams’ awards include a Beacon, an Alfred I duPont, a Pan African Film Festival Outstanding Documentary Award, a Full Frame Documentary Festival Spectrum Award, and the National Association of Black Journalists First Place Salute to Excellence Award. Show less

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The Film

The Migrant Trail presents a first-person journey through Arizona’s desert borderlands. Play as an undocumented immigrant attempting to cross the Arizona desert and/or a border patrol agent attempting to secure the border. The game offers an alternative platform to further engage conversation, investigation and inquiry, into the themes and questions raised by the film, The Undocumented.

Every year an unknown number of migrants cross through the harsh Sonoran desert from Mexico into Arizona. They pay $1500-$2500 to join a crossing party, that is led by for-hire guides referred to as Coyotes. If one cannot keep up, twists an ankle or runs out of water, he or she is left behind and may die. On average, the remains of 200 dead migrants are found each year. It’s not known how many are never found.