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In October 2006, the United States government decided to build a 700 mile fence along its Mexican border. Three years and 3.1 billion dollars later, award-winning director Rory Kennedy investigates the impact of the project, revealing how its stated goals--containing illegal immigration, cracking down on drug trafficking, and protecting America from terrorists--have given way to unforeseen consequences. Written by Moxie Firecracker Films

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The pointlessness of it all
5 March 2017 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"The Fence" is a 35-minute documentary from 2010, so this one is already over five years old, but it couldn't be about a more current subject. We'll get to that later though. Director, producer and narrator is Rory Kennedy, at that point already an Emmy winner, but not yet an Oscar nominee. The writer is Mark Bailey, another Emmy nominee. I believe, even if this short documentary tends to get a bit too gimmicky and entertaining at times for a film on such a serious subject, it is still a decent watch and has some informative moments that underline the pointlessness of the entire project of a fence between the United States and Mexico. The first one is already the most relevant, namely how there are huge areas without a fence between the country and it seems to be fairly random where you find the fence. Or is there a purpose? I am not sure. Maybe they should have elaborated on that instead of telling us about how illegals dig through or climb over the fence at ease. What's the point of that, if there are miles and miles without any fence at all. So yeah, from the content perspective, there are major flaws with this documentary. Another one I found pretty annoying is how one-sided it all it. Seriously, it's understandable that you can only examine so much in under 40 minutes, but the liberal/democratic bias is unbearable at times here. Okay Bush greenlit the fence, but why didn't they tell us what Obama did or didn't do about this issue. The film really manipulates the audience at times. Now about the relevance I mentioned earlier: Lets hope that if Trump really builds his wall it will be a more thought-through project without all these flaws we see basically in this documentary here. It exposes many areas where they shall not fail again. But even with that approach, I just cannot find myself liking this one enough to recommend seeing it. You find the exact reasons above. I have to give the outcome here a thumbs-down as it is majorly flawed in terms of essential aspects every documentary filmmaker should pay attention to.


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