Burros directed by Jefferson Stein
Border migrant situation is a very complex issue. The point of views range from the migrants themselves, coyotes, to even those who lives on the border and witness them crossing their backyards.
Jefferson Stein created the short film Burros to bring a certain perspective with two young girls—one a migrant and the other residing on the border. Not only that, it presents a story on indigenous land with Tohono O’odham Nation.
Here’s the official synopsis for Burros:
Set in southern Arizona, twenty miles from the Mexico border on the Tohono O’odham Nation, a six-year-old Indigenous girl discovers a Hispanic migrant her age who has lost her father while traveling through the Tohono O’odham tribal lands into the United States.
The short film stars Amaya Juan, Zuemmy Carrillo, and Virginia Patricio. Jefferson Stein directed and wrote the film.
“Burros is a glimpse into the lives of the Tohono O’odham whose daily lives and century-old traditions have been disrupted by the presence of outside forces within their communities. This is an emotional story, set in a complicated place in the world, but at its core, it is a story of finding connection,” said Jefferson Stein in an official statement. “It is told with an objective lens for the viewer to reach their own conclusions. It doesn’t promise to provide answers, it only seeks to pull the curtain back, shed a light in a corner of the world, and ask questions.”
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with director-writer Jefferson Stein about his latest short film. We talked about the border stories, perspectives, and presenting this story from the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Jefferson Stein is an award-winning filmmaker. His short film Tumble Dry Low screened over thirty different festivals. His other short films also include T. and Sugar, The Animal, and Wayfarer.
Burros made its premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2021 earlier this month.
Watch the exclusive interview with Jefferson Stein below. Let us know what you think.
Source: LRM Online Exclusive