Emergence Magazine

Border Nation

by Jason Jaacks

The Tohono O’odham people have lived on both sides of the US-Mexico border since long before either country existed. As an increasingly militarized border threatens their way of life, Ofelia Rivas journeys across the border seeking to revitalize her ancestral village.


Jason Jaacks is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer whose work has been featured on National Geographic, PBS Digital Studios, The New York Times, and The Atlantic. His films include Border Nation, In Search of Tztoz, and Silent River. Jason is a National Geographic Explorer and is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Rhode Island.


Directed & produced by Jason Jaacks
Edited by Jason Jaacks & Isara Krieger
Original music by William Ryan Fritch

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