a mosaic documentary | US - Mexico

What’s a mosaic documentary?

The original Border Stories sought to re-imagine the documentary, one with no beginning, middle, or end. Its only linear aspect is the border itself and in 2008, our crew traveled the length of the U.S.–Mexico border, from Brownsville, Texas to Tijuana, Mexico in search of stories that portray the human face of this politically and emotionally-charged region. The short, focused video installments currently only available as "installments" embedded within the YouTube file on the homepage form new meanings that transcend their individual subject matter when viewed next to one another. In this way, we hope to show – but not get lost in – the complexities of the U.S.-Mexico border region. Each story is important, but there is larger meaning in the mosaic as a whole and perhaps even more so now, nearly a decade later.

Border Stories was originally launched in 2008 as a web series where video installments were uploaded to the site as our crew traveled along all 2000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. Since then, the tech used to power the original site (Flash) is no longer supported and we haven't found the time to convert the individual video installments to HTML5, which would allow the site function as it originally did-- that is, as a mosaic documentary.

Beyond a boundary drawn on a map, a border is a mosaic of stories from both sides of the line.