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The Tijuana Project

By: Nicholas Kanelos

Teachers Without Borders recently hosted documentary film Director and Durango local, John Sheedy to show his latest film, The Tijuana Project, at Fort Lewis College.  Filmed on location in Fausto Gonzales, a decrepit neighborhood sprouted within the Tijuana Municipal Trash Dump.  Sheedy portrays life amidst the mountains of garbage through the eyes and voices of the inhabitants and children.  The film is produced in the typical indie filmmaker style of handheld cameras that captures the gritty smelting of visual engagement and emotional intimacy.  His narrative is appropriately unbiased, but relies heavily on the Q&A of the local children or their parents.  Sheedy produced the film over two years after meeting an American teacher, David Lynch, who devoted his life to building Fausto Gonzales’ first community school.   When asked what was the greatest obstacle to filming, Sheedy replied that the physical endangerment was by far the most hazardous.  The ever charge of dump trucks, drug-related crime, and the toxic waste within the environment posed a constant and unyielding challenge to filming.  The Tijuana Project can be viewed at the Reed Library’s DVD collection. John Sheedy is currently living in Mexico with his new family and working on creating the Festival Internacional de Cine Álmosa Mágico, the first film festival hosted in Álmosa, Mexico.