|CHILDREN BEHIND THE WALL|
|Director: Marisol Gonzalez|
Mexico/United States/France, 2016, 52min
Format: Digital (screening) - HDV (shooting)
Festival Year: 2017
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|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Marisol Gonzalez - Producers: Marisol Gonzalez - Screenwriters: Marisol Gonzalez - Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison - Editor: Sylvia Calle|
Tijuana is the legendary border town between Mexico and the United States. It is also known as a smuggler's paradise, a sordid town with an illegal traffic of people and goods. When families from all over Latin America fail to cross the border and reach the United States, they mostly stay in Tijuana and become addicted to drugs. Most parents abandon their children. Forced to fend for themselves in the streets, the kids follow in their parent's footsteps and get trapped in the unforgiving cycle of drug dependency and thus fall into prostitution and violence. 'Children Behind the Wall', explores the complexity of this situation, through first hand stories told by some of those children who strive to liberate themselves from addiction.
Marisol González is a Dominican filmmaker and producer who lives in New York. Currently, she works for HBO producing the sports programs in Spanish which air on HBO main network & HBO Latino. With almost 20 years in production, she has covered landmark events like the Pope’s visit to New York, the United Nation’s 50th anniversary, the 1994 World Cup and more. She has also worked for the two-major Hispanic networks in the country - Univisión and Telemundo NBC, and has contributed as a writer for newspapers and magazines. González graduated from Brooklyn College, with double majors in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish Literature. In 2008, she was chosen as a woman who inspires the Latino community by “Siempre Mujer” magazine, together with Maria Elena Salinas and Ingrid Betancourt, and was awarded the Always Inspiring award. In 2011, González was presented with the Proclamation award by Senator Peralta during the celebration of Women’s Month as a token of gratitude for her outstanding service to the community. For two consecutive years, she has participated as a judge in the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival for the national short films competition, Globo Verde Dominicano. Gonzalez also had the honor to be a judge for the Sports Emmy Awards for the last three years, including this year, 2016. After working in production for so many years and successful recognition from her peers, she turned her attention to the Latino youth and decided to produce and direct, her first feature documentary, Children Behind the Wall.