Tijuana, wandering of exiles
They are three of the tens of thousands of residents that the United States has deported in recent years to Mexico, their country of birth where they have never lived: they left it with their parents, sometimes before even knowing.Rocio started a family, ran a small business that allowed her to send her two daughters to university and her son to the military academy, and paid her taxes for decades.Her only fault: she always was an illegal immigrant.Sergio admits that he is not "a white dove": he served years in jail for drug trafficking before settling down, getting married, having children and grandchildren.Richard is involved in the The US Army at 17, sent to Vietnam, came back broken and addicted to heroin.He also had to deal with the law and his veteran status did not protect him from banishment.
The three heroes of the documentary On the Line (both “on the border” and “on the wire”) now live in Tijuana, Mexico and keep coming up against the wall that separates the two countries, this giant metal blade that separates them from their previous life.Nothing ties them to their parents' country and Richard does not even speak Spanish."Everything I had built collapsed overnight," sighs Rocio, who lives in a mosquito and cockroach infested slum, she who had a nice house on the other side, and hangs up on the phone, which keeps her in touch with her family.
Excluded from the American dream, the exiles nevertheless continue to feed it: their means of survival is to work in the services by telephone, either at home like Richard, or in a call center, where Sergio takes his first steps.loans, flowers delivered to homes.For ridiculous salaries.First instruction: never say that they work in Tijuana.Pretend that they are still in the United States.While the lives of their loved ones continue without them.A scene moving among others: Rocio watches the daily life of his family, the vacillating footsteps of his mother and the games of her grandchildren, thanks to the app which gives her access to the surveillance cameras that she installed in her home.
Posted Date: 2021-03-16