The University of Iowa

Screening of "The Wall” with director Ricardo Martinez, April 13

March 31st, 2010

A documentary about the fence built on the U.S.-Mexico border will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in Room 140 Schaeffer Hall on the University of Iowa campus. This event is free and open to the public.

In 2006, Congress passed The Secure Fence Act calling for construction of 700 miles of additional fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.  This law generated vigorous debate among a wide spectrum of Americans from policymakers to citizens of border towns.  “The Wall,” documents the impact of constructing this border fence, including border residents’ response to having a fence built in their communities and, often, across their properties.

Following the screening there will be time for discussion with director Ricardo Martinez. Omar Valerio-Jiménez, assistant professor of history, will moderate the discussion. Martinez is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch Film School. He splits his time touring the country discussing “The Wall” and working as a television editor.

The Latin American Studies Program is sponsoring the screening.

For more information, visit: or contact Omar Valerio-Jiménez at 319-335-2294 or