The documentary “Home + Away” follows young athletes on the U.S.-Mexico border as they try to balance 2 different lives on either side.
“I thought it was really timely and relevant politically to set a story that maybe we haven’t seen before,” the documentary’s director Matt Ogens stated. “I wanted to bring humanity to the border.
Ogens spent months at Bowie High School in El Paso, which is located just 50 yards from the Mexican border. The film follows the lives of three student-athletes: Christian, a soccer player struggling with English as a 2nd language, Shyanne, a wrestler trying to decide whether to join the army, and Francisco, a baseball player whose family has been divided by the border. For each, sports serve as a safe haven in chaotic times.
“We knew that we wanted to go in and tackles sports, absolutely,” Nathaniel Greene, the film’s producer, stated. “As you see in the film, each sporting team becomes a little family for these kids.”
The 2 teams also provide a human face to national conversations around race and immigration.
“Home + Away” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2018 and is currently seeking wider distribution so that more people can experience the teens’ stories.