Border Crossings is a personal mini-documentary video that compares the health and environmental impact of toxic industries on poor Latino residents of Little Village in Chicago with the high asthma rates of children in Mexicali, Mexico brought on by gas fired power plants and maquiladoras. My video essay reveals that low income communities in the U.S. as well as in third world countries are disproportionately targeted by industry and the state for the citing of environmentally hazardous facilities even while those communities experience few of the economic benefits. To make the video, I traveled 30 miles to the southwest side of Chicago each week for six months between December 2007 and April 2008 to interview community residents, youth activists and environmental experts. I believe that “pollution knows no boundaries. It needs no passport. It affects everyone.” In the end of the video I call for global citizens to cross borders of race, class and country to ensure that all people have the right to a clean and healthy environment

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