Smile, Laugh, Cry (2013)

This student film, made by Charlie Sanchez, uses archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image to explore the experience of growing up with family on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. The film examines how the border divides two societies, but Sanchez, through the experience of getting to know his family in

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The Coltman Collection, no. 13 – Trip to the Rio Grande Valley (1976)

This home movie captures scenes of the Coltman family enjoying the beach at Port Isabel. The family also goes to Brownsville, where they stop for mangoes and visit the Brownsville Courthouse and Commemorative Air Force Museum.

The David Ayala Collection, no. 9 – The Brownsville-Matamoros Border

This home movie captures scenes of the Ayala family in Brownsville, where they visit Matamoros, Mexico, then cross back over the Rio Grande River into Texas. The family then visits the Commemorative Air Force’s Rio Grande Valley Museum.

The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 5 – Presidents LBJ and Diaz Ordaz in El Paso (1967)

This home movie captures scenes of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz as they arrive from Wasington D.C. in El Paso on October 28, 1967. The two presidents were in El Paso-Ciudad Juarez to visit the Chamizal Monument to formally resolve the Chazimal Dispute and officially transfer sovereign territory to Mexico,

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The Cruz Family Collection, no. 11 – Trip to Juarez

This home movie captures scenes of El Paso’s Cruz family spending time with extended family in Ju

The J. Richard Avena and Linda Wilson Collection, no. 1 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Funeral Procession

This home movie captures scenes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral procession in Atlanta, Georgia on April 9, 1968. After a restricted service at Ebenezer Baptist Church (the church could only hold 1,300 people), where both Martin Luther King, Sr. and Jr. were pastors, a procession made its way to Morehouse College, King’s alma

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