Build Ramps Not Walls (BRNW) is a project that began with a tight knit Mexican and American skate community on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Looking for a positive response to the negative rhetoric between Mexico and the United States of America after the U.S.A. 2016 Presidential Elections, this diverse skate crew decided to come together a build a new ramp with the same construction materials that would be used to build the wall between Mexico and the U.S.A. In the process of this construction, we saw skaters from all walks of life come together, overcoming barriers of race, age, gender and economics, to achieve a common goal-- the goal to create the most unique DIY park in all of Mexico where Mexicans, Americans, all nationalities can come together and skate.
With each day of construction, we saw that by building a ramp together, the community was not just pouring concrete. We were also promoting an ethic of hard work, encouraging youth leadership, sharing positive role models for local kids, and communicating across culture and language barriers with tolerance and the shared passion of skating. By building this hard core DIY ramp together, our community has opened opportunities for skaters in the region to improve their skills without having to move to the big city or cross the border. We have put our skate community on the map for potential sponsors. Most importantly, we have offered an alternative solution to how to respond to the divisive rhetoric coming down from politicians these days. We say Build Ramps that unite, Not Walls that divide.
Featuring: Emilio Fernandez, Lalo Fernandez, Ivan Fernandez, Ceci Gonzalez, Danny Resendiz, Karii Galicia, Cepi Campos, Carlos Padilla, Cristian Fuertes, Mauricio Ortiz, Soup, and many others.
Directed by Brian Adamkiewicz
Produced by Rebecca Scotti
Director of Cinematography Ernesto Rosas
Drone Operated by Graham Mattock
Cinematography by Marco Contreras, Ernesto Rosas Pinedo, Brian Adamkiewicz & Enrique Avelar
Location Sound by Rodrigo F. Esquinca
Art by Jorge Cruz Mora
Music Produced by Mark Otero
Translation by Pamela Martinez
Animation Priscilla Perez
Editing by Brian Adamkiewicz