Documentary about the war on drugs at the U.S./Mexican Border, Oct. 7

The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
a film by Kieran Fitzgerald
Sunday, October 7 at 2 p.m.

Introduction by Professor Jon Bohland

In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexico border shot and killed 18-year-old Esequiel Hernández Jr., a U.S. citizen who was out herding goats. Ballad explores Hernandez’s tragic death, and the consequences of militarizing the border.  Best Film, Human Rights Category, Mexico City International Film Festival ; Emmy Award nomination for outstanding investigative journalism.

“A chilling tale of collateral damage in the American government’s war on drugs.” — Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald

“…offers an urgent contribution to the raging debate over the physical and psychological divides separating the U.S. from its neighbor to the south.” – Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

For more information, contact Outreach Librarian Maryke Barber at 540-362-6328 or The “Now at the Library” documentary film series is sponsored by the Library, by Student Activities, and by the Film Department. Photo credit: Nephew with Photo of Esequiel, courtesy of Heyoka Pictures