Category: Documentary

The Waitlist: short film


In Tijuana, a Mexican border town across from San Diego, 1000s of refugees from across the world are stranded waiting for their chance to ask the U.S. for help and safety. Some have travelled across oceans and jungles. Many have small children with them. As U.S. increasingly turns refugees away from border entry points, limiting entries to a few people each day, migrants themselves find ways to decide whose turn it is to apply for asylum as the days go by. This story is about one waitlist, told through the eyes of refugees who’ve travelled from as far as Cameroon, Haiti, and Honduras. A production for Doha Debates with James Fredrick.

The Waitlist screened at LA Indie Film Festival and the Immigration Film Festival. The filmmakers presented the film at U.S. Congressional and Senate briefings in 2019 in conjunction with WOLA and Human Rights First.


PRODUCER: Jamil Sunsin is the only person in his family born in the U.S. His parents and sister came from Honduras and lived in the U.S. for a decade before Jamil’s father was arrested for being undocumented. The entire family was forced to return to Honduras, a country wracked with violence. After a knife attack, Jamil is traumatized, and becomes…

‘My heart tells me he will be alive’ – BBC


  • Production, filming, editing.

In Mexico City, many families are still awaiting news of loved ones missing after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake on 19 September.

One office block in central Mexico City – Alvaro Obregon 286 – is the deadliest site, with more than 35 bodies recovered and more still missing.

Families are camping out nearby as dozens of rescuers search the rubble.

The BBC spent three days with the family of 26-year-old Adrian Moreno, who had recently started working in the building.

Child Marriage in Mexico – MalalaFund/TeenVogue

.More Than 1 in 5 Women Are Married Before They’re 18 in Mexico. Natasha Pizzey and James Fredrick, contributors to the Fuller Project for International Reporting   Thin smoke hangs over Graciela Garcia as she makes tortillas on a wood-fired stove. The adobe walls are covered in soot from the years of wives making tortillas here. “I didn’t make tortillas…

First Night Out of Prison

Inmates in Mexico City’s tough prisons may dream of getting out, but their first night of freedom is often a bitter let-down. Typically released at night with nothing and no where to go, many find themselves struggling to stay out of trouble. Priest Francisco Jansen spends his night picking up these men as they come out of prison and tries to give them a helping hand in his makeshift shelter. Metropolis follows the story of one former inmate as he gets out and stays with Father Francisco.

– Production for Metropolis TV

Streetside Shocks

Mexico City residents pay toqueros for electrical shocks strong enough to knock out a dog



Carlos Victorino clutches a stiff brown briefcase and clinks together two metal rods as he wanders the dusky streets of Mexico City’s historic centro. He eyeballs the families and revelers out on a busy Saturday night, beckoning them to approach with the clink-clink-clink of his hand. For a small fee, he’ll fill them with enough electricity to knock out a small dog.

“It feels like adrenaline,” says Marco Antonio Camacho, who just received a jolt from the rods that link back to the battery in Carlos’s briefcase. Marco Antonio and his family sit together, still shaking out their arms after paying for Carlos’s services, while mariachi music rings out nearby.

In Mexico, paying for a shock—called a toque, or hit—is an enduring pastime. Carlos is about to turn 60, and he’s been at it since he was 14. It doesn’t pay much, but it’s enough to get by. So far, he’s earned about 130 pesos (USD 10) from the Camacho family, plus a quick USD 8 from another group earlier that night…