When Donald Trump was elected President of the United States using an election promise to build a new and heavy fortified wall along the USA / Mexico border, British artist Duncan McKellar had an idea.
An idea that would take him to the border towns of Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico in January 2018 alongside co-creator and fellow artist David Martin. Together, they planned to simultaneously stage an audacious art event on both sides of the border that would feature 50 Americans and 50 Mexicans standing together, as one, in a perfectly straight line stretching for one kilometer with the border wall in the middle.
Participants would wear mirrored masks that in the desert sun would flash a pathway of light across the wall. Two countries, a stunning moment of togetherness and a defiant challenge to those whose aim instead is to divide us, wherever we live, at one of the most iconic and politically toxic dividing lines of them all.
Crowd funded and made by first time film makers, 'Reflect - A Ray of Hope' is a fascinating 30 minute documentary that follows the artists and their team as they aim to bring the idea to life under the ever watchful eye of US Border Patrol.