Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Little movie with a message turns filmmaker into an activist.(Final)

Byline: Culture Shock Leanne Potts Of the Journal

In the shadows of "The Hulk," "The Matrix Reloaded" and the rest of the big-budget, escapist pap clogging the multiplexes at the moment is a small film with a big message.

"The Gatekeeper" tells a wrenching story of life, death and dreams at the U.S.-Mexican border. The film was shot in 18 days on a microscopic-by-Hollywood-standards budget of $197,000; there are no big stars and no McDonald's promotional tie-ins.

See it, and you will never look at those Border Patrol SUVs that travel up and down Interstate 25 the same way again.

The film tells of a Border Patrol agent who has spent most of his adult life trying to forget his mother is Mexican.

So intent is he on being Anglo that when he's not sending immigrants back to Tijuana or hanging with his blond fiancee, he is moonlighting with a right-wing paramilitary group convinced the hordes of dirty-faced Mexicans swarming across the border are going to bring down our great white nation. …

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