Dariella, one over thousands

Crossing the border wall between Mexico and the United States and entering America has become the hope of a new life for different generations of Central American citizens, fleeing from organized crime and everyday violence.
Dariella and her son Kevin, along with Fabiola, Xinia, Mirna and their children arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, after a march of thousands of kilometers that began in Honduras. She has escaped from the organized crime that controls the country and has directly affected the lives of these young women through extortion and murder of relatives. Exasperated by the long journey and by the exhausting waiting for the legal procedure to apply for asylum to enter America, Dariella and her friends decide to illegally cross the border wall between Mexico and the United States. Once into US territory, however, they remain blocked by barbed wire introduced by the Trump administration to fortify the border for the arrival of the migrant caravan. Beyond the barbed wire, the USBP Police border agents threaten to arrest them in case they decided to cross the barbed wire. The group of women and children desist and decides to cross again the separation wall, this time to Mexico. Intercepted by the Mexican police, they are taken to the 'Barretal' shelter, located in a remote and dangerous area of ​​Tijuana, far from the city center and the border. Without money, food and perspectives, the life of the Honduran family flows in incertity. After almost a month, exhausted, Dariella decide to pay a smuggler and cross the border wall to surrender themselves to the American border police and thus start the process of asylum application. American law provides that any migrant entering the United States has the right to seek asylum.
Dariella and Kevin are now in Kentucky: she is controlled by an electronic bracelet tied to the ankle, she legally work as a cleaner in a hotel and Kevin is going to primary school. They are waiting for the outcome of their asylum requests.

  • Francesca Tosarelli
  • Fabio Bucciarelli
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    September 1, 2019
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Director Biography - Francesca Tosarelli

Francesca Tosarelli is an author focused on social, gender and conflict topics related. Her main research is about changing identities of women (civilians and fighters) within conflicts.
She has been working as a cinematographer, photojournalist, writer for different clients as Arte, Al Jazeera English, Discovery Channel, Der Spiegel, The Sunday Times, RAI, The Guardian, Le Monde.
She is the director of multi-platform project 'Ms Kalashnikov, a journey of female fighters across war zones', that explores changing identities and stories of female rebellion through a combination of video, photography, writing and interactive platforms.

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