Bordertown (2006 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gregory Nava|
|Produced by||Gregory Nava
|Written by||Gregory Nava|
and Antonio Banderas
|Music by||Graeme Revell|
|Edited by||Padraic McKinley|
Bordertown is a 2006 American drama motion picture, written and directed by Gregory Nava and executive produced by David Bergstein, Cary Epstein, Barbara Martinez-Jitner, and Tracee Stanley-Newell. The film featuresJennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen, among others.
The film is inspired by the true story of the numerous female homicides in Ciudad Juárez and tells the story of an inquisitive American reporter sent in by her American newspaper to investigate the murders.
The opening titles explain that American corporations are using the North American Free Trade Agreement by opening large maquiladoras right across the United States–Mexico border. The maquiladoras hire mostly Mexican women to work long hours for little money in order to produce mass quantity products.
Lauren Adrian (Jennifer Lopez), an impassioned American news reporter for the “Chicago Sentinel” wants to be assigned to the Iraq front-lines to cover the war. Instead, her editor George Morgan (Martin Sheen) assigns her to investigate a series of slayings involving young maquiladora factory women in a Mexican bordertown.
Worker Eva (Maya Zapata), originally from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, takes a bus to go back to her shanty-town home after work. After a while she is the last passenger still in the bus. The driver asks her if she minds if he goes to a gas station to fill up, and Eva agrees. However, he takes her to a remote place and assaults and rapes her, together with another man, who then tries to strangle her. The two men, believing she’s dead, bury her alive. With the little energy she has left, Eva escapes.
Adrian heads to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, on the U.S.–Mexico border to investigate the murders, hoping that if she does well she will be promoted by Morgan to be a foreign correspondent. In Juárez, Adrian meets up with Diaz (Antonio Banderas), whom she had been working with six years before, and who is now the editor for the local newspaper “El Sol de Juárez“. She also meets Eva.
The three try to find the two killers and have them prosecuted. For this purpose she starts working in the factory, in order to act as bait on the bus ride. The driver tries to assault her in the same way he did Eva, and although police assistance has been arranged, they are at the wrong place. She manages to escape her attacker. Later Diaz gets shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. Eva changes her mind and does not want to testify any more for fear of revenge, and tries to flee to the U.S., together with others in the trunk of a car. She gets caught and is sent back. Adrian convinces her to testify after all. For political reasons the Chicago Sentinel refuses to publish Adrian’s story. Adrian quits and becomes the editor for El Sol de Juárez.
- Jennifer Lopez as Lauren Adrian: reporter for the Chicago Sentinel, and daughter of Mexican immigrants.
- Antonio Banderas as Alfonso Diaz: founder of El Sol.
- Maya Zapata as Eva Jimenez: factory worker and victim.
- Sônia Braga as Teresa Casillas: founder of an organization trying to help the women in Juárez.
- Teresa Ruiz as Cecila Rojas: a young factory worker.
- Juan Diego Botto as Marco Antonio Salamanca: son of the extremely rich Salamanca family, owner of the maquiladora.
- Zaide Silvia Gutierrez as Lourdes Jimenez: Eva’s concerned mother.
- Rene Rivera as Aris Rodriguez: rapist.
- Irineo Alvarez as Domingo Esparza: bus driver and rapist.
- Martin Sheen as George Morgan: Lauren’s boss.
- Randall Batinkoff as Frank Kozerski: Lauren’s co-worker and friend.
- Kate del Castillo as Elena Diaz.
- Juanes as himself.