On the line: The Mexicans were deported from the United States to a homeland they barely know

Every year, more than 100,000 Mexicans living in the United States are deported to Mexico. Many of them have grown up and spent decades in the United States, working, paying taxes, and raising families. Some of them do not even speak Spanish. Within a few days, they find that they have been taken from their children and loved ones and escorted across the border, without being able to appeal their deportation. Jowhargives you a special full-length documentary about their difficult situation.

The Mexican border town of Tijuana has become the place where those deported from the United States end up, their American dream in ruins. For many of these Mexicans, the only job available is – ironically – in relocated American call centers. They spend their days answering calls from American consumers, pretending to work from America and their evenings watching the lights from across the American border, where their families live.

Rocio, Richard and Sergio are just three of those affected. We followed them for almost a year as they struggled to understand their situation and rebuild their lives.

This documentary by Léo Mattei and Alex Gohari won the Albert Londres Prize 2021, France’s most prestigious journalism prize.

The Mexican border town of Tijuana has become the place where those deported from the United States end up, their American dream in ruins. © Brotherfilms

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