(Los Angeles, CA) – Facing North, a new documentary web series produced by Andrew Bracken and presented by Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), premiered on PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org and OTT platforms. Composed of fourteen short, 2-3 minute videos, the series examines the unique relationship between the neighboring cities of San Diego and Tijuana through interviews with academics, activists, migrants, border patrol agents, entrepreneurs and historians on both sides of the border. Through this kaleidoscope of voices and perspectives, Facing North challenges our assumptions about the long-standing, complex and often tense relationship between the United States and Mexico.
In many ways, San Diego and Tijuana comprise a single region, encompassing one of the largest border areas in the world; in other ways, they are harshly divided and worlds apart. By putting human faces on issues such as immigration, border security, global economics and history, Facing North offers a timely look at a region that copes daily with the ramifications of the increasingly strained relationship between both nations.
Interviewees in Facing North include:
Friar Pat Murphy, priest who runs the Casa del Migrante, a shelter for migrants in Tijuana
Arturo Payan, retired Border Patrol agent
Oscar Romo, environmentalist and founding director of Alter Terra
Terence Shigg, National Representative of the National Border Patrol Council
Daniel Watman, activist with Border Encuentro
Carlos, recent deportee whose daughter remains in the United States
Josue Beltran Cortez, historian at the Museo de Historia de Tijuana
James Gerber, Professor of Economics at San Diego State University
Jaime, recent deportee whose family is still in the United States
Jane Lilly Lopez, sociologist at University of California, San Diego
Greg Moran, journalist with the San Diego Union-Tribune
Facing North will be available to stream online at pbs.org and will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices.