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Source:  The Atlantic

As the border between the United States and Mexico began to figure more and more prominently in the news cycle, filmmaker David Freid noticed a consistent blind spot. No one, it seemed, was talking to the people who actually lived there.

Fried decided to pay a visit to Big Bend National Park, which composes 13% of the U.S.-Mexico border. There, he encountered Mike Davidson, the captain of the Rio Grande river’s only international ferry.

“But we discovered that the international ferry was a rowboat,” Freid told The Atlantic.

Though no hulking vessel, the modest boat transports 11,000 visitors annually—a feat for which Davidson has been responsible for more than 40 years.

Freid’s short documentary “Ferryman at the Wall” is the story of two countries that, for the most part, peacefully coexist where it matters most: at the dividing line.

“There isn’t just a straight line where one country ends and the other begins,” Freid said. “People’s family and friends extend in both directions. The land on either side of the Rio Grande is identical, and the people are close to identical as well. The two countries bleed into each other.”

“Ferryman at the Wall” is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.

Read the story at The Atlantic.

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