A visual journey into the heart and soul of Ciudad Juárez

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In recent pieces, FNS has mentioned the revitalization project that is underway in the historic downtown of Ciudad Juárez. The state-city plan moves forward, with workmen now engaged in constructing a controversial train tunnel/underpass. Long-time border activist and independent filmmaker Richard Boren has captured images of a changing downtown and some of the people who are struggling to maintain a local character in the heart and soul of Juárez.

Interested readers can check out scenes from contemporary Juárez by viewing a video produced by Boren that’s now posted on YouTube. The video is posted above.

On a recent visit, Boren’s camera captured musicians at La Nueva Central, a popular diner and community hangout that is resisting demolition; an Aztec dancer in the historic Plaza de Armas across from the Cathedral, where a small monument to the murdered women of Juárez  stands amid the constant din of passing buses, fluttering pigeons and incessant preachers;  the razed lots of the old Mariscal red-light district; the grit and glory of the old tourist strip of Avenida Juárez, and other landmarks.

The short video is subtitled in Spanish. In an e-mail to FNS, Boren said he hoped to have an English-subtitled version of the piece up sometime in the future.

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Center for Latin American and Border Studies
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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