U.S.-Mexico Border

At 1,954 miles in length, the border or frontera between the United States and Mexico has been the site of rich cultural development, historical conflict, and environmental change since its inception. In the United States, Texas shares the longest stretch of the border, which is primarily defined by the course of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo. The modern border was largely established by the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty of 1848 and the Treaty of 1884. Today, fifteen pairs of sister cities with complex cultural and economic interactions serve as the backbone of the border region.

Films in the U.S.- Mexico Border category include documentaries exploring the history and economics of the borderland, newsreels highlighting border disputes and agreements, and government films detailing public works projects.

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Vacation-Land de Amigos
1960s promotional film for the US-Mexican border region, providing a tour of the area’s attractions and f...
U.S. and Mexico Sign Treaty for Mutual Use of Rivers’ Waters (1944)
Footage of the signing of the Water Treaty of 1944
The Ortiz Family - Plaza de Toros de Ciudad Juárez (1942)
A bullfight at Plaza de Toros de Ciudad Juárez
The History of Magic: Ensueño (2016)
Animated short film submission to the TAMI Hecho en Tejas competition at the 2017 Cine Las Americas Inter...
The David Ayala Collection, no. 9 - The Brownsville-Matamoros Border
Home movie scenes of the Ayalas visiting Matamoros, Mexico, then crossing back into Texas
The Cruz Family Collection, no. 11 - Trip to Juárez
Home movie scenes of El Paso's Cruz family spending time with extended family in Juarez
The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 5 - Presidents LBJ and Diaz Ordaz in El Paso (1967)
Home movie scenes of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz in El Paso in 1967
Southmost USA Theatrical Trailer (2013)
Theatrical trailer for the feature documentary film, Southmost USA
Sole Survivors of ‘Longhorn' Herds End March from Mexico
Universal Newsreel footage of cowboys herding a somewhat gaunt herd of Longhorn cattle through the border...
Pancho Villa on the Border (1913)
Newsreel footage from 1913 capturing the movements of Francisco “Pancho” Villa during the Mexican Revolution
Pancho Villa's Columbus Raid
Educational film on the Columbus, New Mexico Raid and subsequent Pancho Villa Expedition by the United St...
North From Mexico - Exploration + Heritage
Film tracing the history of Mexican Americans in the Southwest United States
Category - Laredo
La Frontera
This short documentary explores the web of interdependencies of the U.S.-Mexico border region, examining ...
Juarez, Mexico - American Distiller Opens Plant Below Border, Introduces New Process to Age Cer...
A look at the U.S. response to 1920s and 30s prohibition laws
Category - International Boundary and Water Commission
Halting Foreign Plant Foes
Illustrating the long-standing concern over the entry of "foreign agricultural pests" into the United Sta...
Frontera Mexico Norteamericana - Rectification Rio Bravo y Canones del Big Bend (2a. Parte)
Film documenting sections of the straightened Rio Grande from the Ciudad Juarez/El Paso area to the canyo...
Frontera Mexico Norteamericana - Cuidad Juarez Rectification de Rio Bravo (1a. Parte)
Aerial footage of the Ciudad Juarez/El Paso area, including footage of both cities and border crossings
Frontera Mexico Norteamericana - Bajo Rio Bravo, Presa de Anzalduas, Presa Falcon (3a. Parte)
Film documenting the border dams of the Lower Rio Grande River, featuring the Falcon and Anzalduas Dams
Fort Hancock, Texas: U.S.- Mexican Border Bridge Pact Dooms Gay Peon Weekends
An early documentation of border regulation between the U.S. and Mexico
Category - Falcon Dam
Espiritu de Amistad (c. 1969)
Film describing the International Boundary and Water Commission’s work done in the spirit of friendship
Category - El Paso
El Paso, City by the Rio Grande (1976)
1976 promotional film for El Paso, narrated by Country Music Hall of Famer, Marty Robbins
Category - Chamizal Dispute
Category - Brownsville
Border Patrol Nabs Vicious Smugglers in Surprise Attack
An early look at the border patrol in action
Category - Big Bend National Park
Category - Amistad Dam
Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border (1914)
1914 silent film recreating the capture of arms smugglers during the Mexican Revolution