A journalist investigates a series of murders near American-owned factories on the border of Juarez and El Paso.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maya Zapata ...
Eva Jimenez
Irineo Alvarez ...
Domingo Esparza
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Aris Rodriguez
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George Morgan
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Young Lauren
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Flight Attendant
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Frank Kozerski
Gonzalo Mauro Montiel Aguirre ...
Curandero (as Gonzalo Mauro Montiel)
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Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez ...
Lourdes Jimenez (as Zaide Sylvia Gutierrez)
Amelia Zapata ...
Lourdes's Friend
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Julio (as Julio Cesar Cedillo)
Jorge Urzua ...
Eduardo Lopes
Ruben G. Rojas ...
Eduardo's Man (as Ruben Rojas)
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Lauren, an impassioned American reporter for the Chicago Sentinel heads to Juarez, a Mexican bordertown, in order to investigate a series of mysterious slayings involving young factory women from all over Mexico. As she discovers hundreds of victims, she gains the trust of local factory workers but falls into danger. Written by Jlo-fan

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Lies. Corruption. Murder. One reporter will break the silence.


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Rated R for violence including a brutal rape, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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22 February 2007 (Germany)  »

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Verdades que matan  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)
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Writer-producer-director Gregory Nava fashioned the screenplay from the many interviews with people he interviewed regarding the film's subject matter as he had done with his earlier film El Norte (1983). See more »

Quotes

Lourdes Jimenez: Si, we work in the factories, we know a little English.
Lauren Adrian: Well, maybe with your little English, and my VERY little Spanish, we can get through this.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 16 February 2008 (2008) See more »

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Romance de Amor
Written by Hector Pimental
Performed by Hector Pimental
Courtesy of Pimental Music, Inc.
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See the Film, Pass the Word: A Call for Involvement in Public Action
3 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BORDERTOWN is more than a suspenseful film about a tragic reality that has been terrifying Juarez, Mexico for years. This film, written and directed by Gregory Nava ('Mi Familia', 'El Norte', 'Selena', etc), approaches a public service campaign on the part of Nava and the rest of his cast and crew - especially producer/star Jennifer Lopez. After the stunning effect of the film, the viewer is encouraged to watch the several excellent featurettes on the DVD - and then try to remain uninvolved.

Chicago Sentinel editor George Morgan (Martin Sheen) convinces the reluctant reporter Lauren Adrian (Jennifer Lopez) to fly to Juarez, Mexico to cover a combustible story about the ongoing rapes and murders of women who work the factories along the border for little pay. Lauren would prefer becoming a foreign correspondent and extracts a promise that if she takes on this ugly assignment ('I don't speak Spanish and I don't know anything about Mexico'), Morgan will grant that request. When the beautiful blond Lauren arrives in Juarez she is shocked by the reality: a very young factory worker girl Eva (the fine young actress Maya Zapata) has managed to survive a rape and attempted murder, literally climbing out of her grave and escaping. Lauren and Eva bond and Lauren realizes that her story about the 5000 victims of this heinous serial killing may just rest with the information Eva holds: she can identify her assailants. With the aid of anxious newspaper owner Alfonso Diaz (Antonio Banderas) the three begin the dangerous struggle to unveil the truths about the cover-up of the deaths: the police and government corruption in Mexico are matched by similar deeds in the USA in order to protect the NAFTA arrangement which apparently holds the profit of the mega-factories of more importance then the mere lives of thousands of Mexican women. How the trio infiltrates the corruption (and the buried secret realities of Lauren's humble beginnings) provide the remainder of the film.

Nava elects to shoot this film in garish light and emphasizes the tragic filth and mire of the living conditions of the peasants along the border - each hoping to escape the life situations by crossing into the US. He manages to maintain a coarse cinematic effect that enhances the story. Not only Is Lopez in top form, but also she is assisted by a fine cast of fellow actors including Sonia Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, Rene Rivera among others. Yes, the story has been told before, but that only means there are many people who want this contemporary tragedy to end. In one of the features on the DVD we are given addresses and names to contact to help stop this horrendous 'feminicide'. Take serious note. Grady Harp


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