Director: Gregory Nava Cast: Maya Zapata, Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas


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The celebrated Latino director Gregory Nava (American Family) helmed, scripted, and co-produced (with star Jennifer Lopez) Bordertown - a suspense thriller with an A-list Hispanic cast. Lopez portrays Lauren Adrian, an American correspondent from a Chicago newspaper, who longs to cover the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Instead, Lauren's mentor at the paper, George Morgan (Martin Sheen) reassigns her to Mexico. She is promptly shuttled off to Juarez, a troubled community on the Texas-Mexico border rattled by a series of brutal, unsolved homicides. The victims - all young women, employed in the maquilla plants that manufacture electrical components for exportation to the U.S. - are uniformly found raped and strangled to death. One of those women, Eva, manages to escape her captors (who believe her dead) and flees not to the corrupt police, but to the local newspaper. There, her life intersects with those of Lauren and Lauren's former boyfriend and lover, the reporter Alfonso Diaz (Antonio Banderas). Suddenly, Lauren foresees, in the prospect of reporting Eva's story, an assignment that could bring her closer to Iraq than she ever dreamed possible. Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Maya Zapata and Juan Diego Botto co-star.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2008
UPC: 0821575555852
Original Release: 2007
Rating: R
Source: Velocity / Thinkfilm
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:54:00

Special Features

Exposing the Juarez murders: the making of Bordertown; "Dual Injustice" - a documentary short ; "La Frontera" - a documentary short from executive producer Barbara Martinez Jitner; Information on what you can do to help from Amnesty International &; Bordertown trailer; Trailer gallery; 16:9 full frame presentation; 5.1 English dolby digital surround; Optional Spanish subtitles; Optional English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maya Zapata Eva Jimenez
Jennifer Lopez Lauren Adrian
Antonio Banderas Alfonso Diaz
Sonia Braga Teresa Casillas
Martin Sheen George Morgan
Zaide Silvia Gutierrez Lourdes Jimenez
Irineo Alvarez Domingo Esparza
Rene Rivera Aris Rodriguez
Juan Diego Botto Marco A. Salamanca
Juanes Actor

Technical Credits
Gregory Nava Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Miguel A. Alvarez Production Designer
Elisabetta Beraldo Costumes/Costume Designer
David Bergstein Executive Producer
Bayard Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Cary Epstein Executive Producer
Simon Fields Producer
Sue Jett Co-producer
Jennifer Lopez Producer
Tony Mark Co-producer
Barbara Martinez-Jitner Executive Producer
Padraic McKinley Editor
Kaaren F. Ochoa Asst. Director
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Emily Schweber Casting
Randy Spendlove Musical Direction/Supervision
Tracee Stanley-Newell Executive Producer
Manuel Teil Casting
Tigres del Norte Score Composer
Fred Ulrich Executive Producer
Ed Vega Art Director
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bordertown
1. The Maquiladora [4:29]
2. Bus to the Colonia [3:33]
3. Meet Loren Adrian [4:48]
4. Loren and Diaz Reunion [4:31]
5. Sol de Juarez [4:30]
6. Eva Back From the Dead [5:54]
7. Hiding Eva [6:03]
8. Señora Casillas [5:13]
9. The Investigation [6:44]
10. The Salamanca Family [7:44]
11. The Photos [3:04]
12. Going Undercover [6:06]
13. End of the Shift [7:06]
14. The Bottom Line [2:55]
15. The Date [4:17]
16. No Bad Press [4:59]
17. "Get Off Your Soap Box" [5:59]
18. Diaz Attacked [5:50]
19. Two Sets of Laws [2:54]
20. Deported [5:06]
21. Aftermath [3:20]
22. Credits [6:41]

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Bordertown 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BORDERTOWN is more than a suspenseful film about a tragic reality that has been terrifying Juarez, Mexico for years. This film, written and directed by Gregory Nava ('Mi Familia', 'El Norte', 'Selena', etc), approaches a public service campaign on the part of Nava and the rest of his cast and crew - especially producer/star Jennifer Lopez. After the stunning effect of the film, the viewer is encouraged to watch the several excellent featurettes on the DVD - and then try to remain uninvolved. Chicago Sentinel editor George Morgan (Martin Sheen) convinces the reluctant reporter Lauren Adrian (Jennifer Lopez) to fly to Juarez, Mexico to cover a combustible story about the ongoing rapes and murders of women who work the factories along the border for little pay. Lauren would prefer becoming a foreign correspondent and extracts a promise that if she takes on this ugly assignment ('I don't speak Spanish and I don't know anything about Mexico'), Morgan will grant that request. When the beautiful blond Lauren arrives in Juarez she is shocked by the reality: a very young factory worker girl Eva (the fine young actress Maya Zapata) has managed to survive a rape and attempted murder, literally climbing out of her grave and escaping. Lauren and Eva bond and Lauren realizes that her story about the 5000 victims of this heinous serial killing may just rest with the information Eva holds: she can identify her assailants. With the aid of anxious newspaper owner Alfonso Diaz (Antonio Banderas) the three begin the dangerous struggle to unveil the truths about the cover-up of the deaths: the police and government corruption in Mexico are matched by similar deeds in the USA in order to protect the NAFTA arrangement which apparently holds the profit of the mega-factories of more importance then the mere lives of thousands of Mexican women. How the trio infiltrates the corruption (and the buried secret realities of Lauren's humble beginnings) provide the remainder of the film. Nava elects to shoot this film in garish light and emphasizes the tragic filth and mire of the living conditions of the peasants along the border - each hoping to escape the life situations by crossing into the US. He manages to maintain a coarse cinematic effect that enhances the story. Not only Is Lopez in top form, but also she is assisted by a fine cast of fellow actors including Sonia Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, Rene Rivera among others. Yes, the story has been told before, but that only means there are many people who want this contemporary tragedy to end. In one of the features on the DVD we are given addresses and names to contact to help stop this horrendous 'feminicide'. Take serious note. Grady Harp