After Vice’s sensationalist, one-sided documentary on Liberia, I was genuinely surprised to see a new thoughtful and insightful piece on a peculiar Mexican attraction in its Vice Guide to Travel series. The short film profiles El Alberto, where a theme park that simulates the illegal border crossing experience has rejuvenated a tiny, mainly indigenous town. Many migrants have come back, awareness of the dangers of crossing has increased and the number of jobs has grown. The park has already been profiled quite a bit.
The documentary, “Illegal Border Crossing Park,” is co-produced by the electric Gabriella Gomez-Mont, the founder of Mexico City’s creative think tank Tóxico Cultura and whom I recently interviewed here.
Photo via the New York Times