A new documentary called “Border War,” produced by conservative filmmakers in the Arizona desert, has won the backing of liberal Hollywood icons Bob and Harvey Weinstein, whose Genius Products has purchased the film’s rights.
The movie, which chronicles the lives of five people affected by illegal immigration, is making waves in advance of its big-screen debut next week in Los Angeles. Following its theatrical release, the Weinstein-owned Genius Products will control its DVD and TV rights, according to a source helping to publicize the film.
The documentary was produced on a $350,000 budget by Citizens United Productions, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative organization that made a splash in 2004 with “Celsius 41.11,” a film made to counter Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Citizen United President David Bossie said the concept behind “Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration” first came to him last September as the group considered its next major project. It just so happened that in the course of the past year, illegal immigration has skyrocketed to one of the top political issues in Washington and across the country, especially among conservatives.
“I’m hoping our film really will create a discussion of the issues and give people a viewpoint of what really is going on at the border and how illegal immigration impacts the American people—from Teri March, the widow of the L.A. County sheriff’s deputy, to Congressman J.D. Hayworth, who is frustrated trying to put immigration reform on the agenda in Washington,” Bossie said.
“It really is a snapshot of the problem,” he added. “I’m hopeful that ‘Border War’ will do for border patrol agents what the television show ‘Cops’ did for your average, everyday police officer.”
The Los Angeles premiere will be on August 31, followed by theatrical premieres in Phoenix, San Diego, Nogales, Ariz., Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas and Houston. Bossie said depending on the success of the documentary, it could open on more screens. “Celsius 41.11,” for instance, played on 130 screens.
The documentary features Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R.-Ariz.), U.S. Border Patrol agent Jose Maheda, open-borders advocate Enrique Morones, Lupe Moreno, a Hispanic-American member of the Minuteman Project, and Teri March, the widow of a patrol officer murdered by an illegal alien.