The borders of Colombia, Brazil, and Peru meet at the Amazon River, in an area where three urban towns are surrounded by the rain forest. This invisible border is the main character in Maya Da-Rin’s beautiful film, which moves between close-ups of the natural world and depictions of the vast amount of goods and people that circulate through the area on a daily basis. We hear from inhabitants impacted by the demarcation of territory, including taxi drivers, indigenous people, healers, and immigrants. Da-Rin recalls, “When I arrived at the border, I saw a multiple reality, where ancestral and contemporary cultures mutually influence one another. The land, which is usually perceived as a material possession and a political territory, has a spiritual connotation to many indigenous peoples.”
Jesse Lerner, Scott Sterling, United States, 1991
Filmed along the US–Mexico border near San Diego, Natives documents the rise in anti-immigration sentiments in the 1990s.