One Wild Thing: The Rio Grande River

A new documentary that premiered last week doubles as both a gorgeous nature film giving the public a rare, up-close view of the rugged landscape along the 1200-mile US-Mexico border spanning the state of Texas, as well as a political film about the tragic harms to humans and wildlife caused by building “that wall.”   The film follows four friends — a conservationist, an ornithologist, a river guide, and a National Geographic explorer — who ride mountain bikes, horses and canoes through the harrowing landscapes and dangerous river currents.  Both former Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke and Republican Representative Will Hurd make appearances in support of the anti-wall message, according to The New York Times.  “We already have a physical barrier,” Hurd points out. “It’s called mountains.”

To Go Deeper: You can stream the movie, or see it in a theater — here’s the list of screenings nationwide.

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