Hostile Border

Synopsis: Raised in the U.S., Claudia (22) is an undocumented illegal immigrant living beyond her means in a twisted version of the American dream. When she's arrested by the FBI for credit card fraud, Claudia is quickly deported to Mexico. Speaking no Spanish and lost in her foreign "homeland," she reluctantly takes refuge at her estranged father's cattle ranch. As she clashes with her unyielding father, her attempts to return to the U.S. thrust her into a dangerous bond with a foreign smuggler, Ricky. Caught between her father's sermons, Ricky's promises, and the encroaching military, Claudia must navigate a tightrope of impossible choices.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Michael Dwyer, Kaitlin McLaughlin (co-director)
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
88 min


I love them.

I think you're going to love them.

I think it's going to change your

life the way it's changed mine.

They're really...

I'm excited to show you.

They are the best products I've ever used.

Credit card number is


Great. 53141666.

And this is more pastel-y

but I love them both.

Security code 609.

You know

it still looks good

but, like,

it could look better.

I'm sorry.

Can you try 603?

Social security?

You don't need that.

Okay, I'll hold.

And I was like, "You know what?

I'm worth it."


How's that sound?

Yes, we have

the new ones.

Yes, three?

Sure, we can do that.

She's not home

right now.

We have to go to the bank.

- These fucking Craigslisters.

- Everything's going to be there.


Yes, I know.

I'm gonna use the van for a little bit, okay?


See you later.


that's correct.

They haven't made

the last eight payments.


Can you put us last?

You will need to be current

on your payments

to start the modification


I'm sorry, but...

What do we need to come up

with to stay in the house?

In English, please.

Excuse me.

I'm sorry.

Um, to be current?

Twenty thousand.

F*ck, it's so loud.

Turn it down.

Claudia, turn it down.

Larry, let's head back.

We've got one more.

No, we're done.

It's already set up.


I thought that was you.


No, yeah, I remember.

You're, like, the last person

I expected to see here.

Well, how's life?

Good. It's really good.

I'm not pregnant,

I'm not married.

Are you in school or anything?

No, no, I'm not.

But I'm sure you...

Yeah, I am, it's...

Pretty tough. I'm really stressed

out about it but I figure, like,

all the work will pay off and...


You know,

it'll be worth it.

You should come

have a drink with me.

Catch up.

Hey, I'm going to be

right back, okay?

I have to go

to the bathroom.


She's not in the system.

Check with Immigration.

Now, because of your age and the

fact that you have no prior record,

the DA is willing

to give you probation

in exchange for

a guilty plea.

However, because you were in

custody while waiting to post bail,

they have placed an

immigration detainer on you.

After you plead guilty,

you will be handcuffed

and transported to an

immigration detention facility.

They'll hold you there a few days or

a few weeks until they process you.

And then you will be released back

into Mexico as a free citizen.

You'll never be allowed

back into the United States.

And if I don't

plead guilty?

Based upon the discovery

that I've seen,

they have an extremely

strong case against you.

Go now with probation,

or you can spend a couple of years

in jail and then be deported.

Those are the two options.

Are you in contact with

any relatives in Mexico?

Family? Friends?


Okay, well, I'll give you two a

couple of minutes by yourself.

It's not your fault.

It's my fault.

I brought you here.

I taught you that...

That you were special.

That you deserved the nicest things.

Mom, calm down.

I'll come back.

I'll get some money together

and I'll come back.

People do it all the time.

You think everything

is easy?

Can you wait, please?


don't take her yet.

You have to go

to your father's house.

I need to know

you will be safe.

Criminal gangs

consider you rich targets.

They will try to contact

phone numbers of your relatives

in the US for ransom.

Dial zero after making

calls on public phones

so previously dialed numbers

can't be accessed.

Think your fences

can keep me out?


Hey, girl! Keep moving.

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Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer (1772–1825) was a United Irishmen leader in the 1798 rebellion. He later fought a guerrilla campaign against the British Army in the Wicklow Mountains from 1798–1803. more…

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