La Mera Frontera is a meditation on the border and memory which
takes as its point of departure the last battle between the United
States and Mexico. In 1918, neighbors from the border towns of
Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora shot at each other for a day.
Among the many citizens who lay dead was Maria Esquivel, who
"returns" in the present to interview surviving witnesses, all now 80
to 90 years old. As a stymied historical detective Maria wrestles with
the failure of Nogales' citizens' accounts to coalesce or recollect her
and her absence in the local archives and films. Unable to uncover
her past, Maria takes history into her own hands.
Running time - 90 minutes.
La Mera Frontera is currently being shown in limited engagements at film festivals in California and Europe.
Yareli Arizmendi, lead actor
Like Water Like Chocolate, The Big Green, NYPD Blue, Murder One, The Cisco Kid
Music consultants: Greg Scott, Donald Larry, Bob Willie, Sergio Arau,
Yankee Doodle Dandy performed by La Banda San Jose
Zacatecas, Codina, performed by Territorial Brass
30 de Mayo, Federico Ronstadt, arr. Sheila Foraker, performed by Territorial Brass
Pienso en Ti, Federico Ronstadt, arr. Sheila Foraker, performed by Territorial Brass
Chester, arr. Paul Green, performed by Territorial Brass
Santiago, A. Corbin, performed by Territorial Brass (recorded for soundtrack, but not included in finished film)
Ragtime Cowboy Joe, arr. Paul Green, performed by Territorial Brass (recorded but not included in film)
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