The films in the Trans-Borders section of the programme tell of the many frontier crossings immigrants make before finally reaching their new home. In New York, the traditions and views these immigrants bring with them undergo a transformation. It is the collective result of this process that gives the city its polyphonic fascination.
D: David Riker, USA 1999, 88 min, OV, b/w
The life of Mexican immigrants without papers in moving episodes: Four sensitively told stories of loneliness, uprootedness and poverty, played by amateur actors. For his film debut, photographer David Riker researched for five years in New York's Latin American community.