From the 1860s to the 1920s, towns across the U.S. expelled African American residents. Today, these communities remain virtually all white.
Migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border and the efforts of the Mexican Consulate and the medical examiner to repatriate the remains are tracked.
Marco Williams is an award-winning documentary and nominated fiction film director. His directing credits include Freedom Summer (2006), I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education (2004), MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream (2003), Two Towns of Jasper (2002),… Making Peace; Rebuilding our Communities (1995), The Pursuit of Happiness: With Arianna Huffington (1994), Without A Pass (1992), In Search of Our Fathers (1991), and From Harlem To Harvard (1982).
His film awards include the Beacon Award, the National Association of Black Journalists First Place Salute to Excellence Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I duPont Silver Baton, the 2002 Pan African Film Festival Outstanding Documentary Award, the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival Silver Award for Best International Documentary, the 2002 DoubleTake/Full Frame grand prize, the Center For Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award and the Independent Feature Project Third Annual Anthony Radziwill Documentary Achievement Award. Two Towns of Jasper was broadcast on P.OV.In Search of Our Fathers was broadcast on Frontline and featured in the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, the 1993 Berlin International Film Festival, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 1996 “Black Male Exhibition” and the 1993 Whitney Biennial, among others.
Williams received a B.A. from Harvard University in Visual and Environmental Studies, a M.A. from UCLA in Afro-American Studies and a M.F.A. from UCLA’s Producer’s Program. He is the recipient of the Institute of American Cultures Research Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Creative Artists Program grant.
Border Patrol agents, Native Americans, smugglers, ranchers, retirees, and Samaritans form a constellation of people engaged with the Arizona/Mexico border on a daily basis — policing it, inhabiting it, crossing it, working it, making it safer, or simply feeling its consequences. But at the center of it all is the migrant. The Undocumented tells the story of the migrants who die while trying to cross an unforgiving desert in search of a better life.