Private Project

A Third Country

The US-Mexican border has always been an open wound. There are times, such as this, when it bleeds uncontrollably.

Valeria is a young pre-med student. A strong willed and politically active borderlander. Disregarding her mom's threat to take her motorcycle from her, she becomes involved in the protests against the separation of young immigrant children from their parents at the border.

Bright and audacious, she seems to have a plan in order to help. But, how deep is the crisis? How far is she involved? How much is she willing to risk? How long can a family keep pretending the crisis is only on tv?

Theres nothing left unstained by the blood emanating from this open wound. Not even family relations; and Valeria may find out that her audacity can cost everyone a lot more than her motorcycle.

  • Roberto Collado Anzaldúa
    Director
    Alberto, Sábado por la Mañana, A Rough Sketch of Nepantla, 11 Years of Nightmares and a Wastes Lifetime
  • Augusto Contreras
    Director
  • Roberto Collado Anzaldúa
    Writer
    Alberto, Sábado por la Mañana, A Rough Sketch of Nepantla, 11 Years of Nightmares and a Wastes Lifetime
  • Augusto Contreras
    Writer
  • Augusto Contreras
    Producer
  • Anna Tirado
    Producer
  • Brenda Patricia Garza
    Key Cast
    "Mom"
    You Are My Home
  • Jesse Castellanos
    Key Cast
    "Charly"
    Rough Sketch of Nepantla
  • Alma Niño
    Key Cast
    "Valeria"
  • Heriberto Leal
    Key Cast
    "Dad"
  • Emiliano Vazquez
    Key Cast
    "Alejandro"
  • Rene González
    Key Cast
    "Ramiro"
  • William Donovan Martin
    Key Cast
    "Rene"
  • Dulce Navar
    Production
    Alberto, Sábado por la Mañana, A Rough Sketch of Nepantla, 11 Years of Nightmares and a Wastes Lifetime
  • Itzel Galeana
    Production
    Alberto
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Herida Abierta
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 4, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Roberto Collado Anzaldúa, Augusto Contreras

Augusto Contreras, was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Graduated in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, during which time he was president of the Student Society of his career and an active member of the Department of Cultural Diffusion, practicing experimental and contemporary theater, stage direction, and creative writing. . He worked for the Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Mexican government in Barcelona, Spain, and later in Miami, Florida, where he had the opportunity to spread the word about Mexican art and culture, coordinate various festivals and artistic projects. He received a Master's degree in Theater from the University of Texas Panamerican, where he participated as an actor, and co-writer of the Crawling with Monsters project, which took him to theater festivals in New Orleans, Chicago and New York. He completed a second master's degree in Applied Theater from the City University of New York, and there he had the opportunity to expand his theatrical knowledge by carrying out projects in prisons, hospitals and public parks. In 2014, together with Anna Tirado, he founded Creative Arts Studio in South Texas, a school of Fine Arts for human development, both collectively and individually. Since then, he has been in charge of coordinating the music, dance, theater and art programs of this school, helping thousands of children and young people to develop through art. After years of working in the Texas Valley, together with Roberto Collado, he began to write “Herida Abierta”, a short film that addresses the issue of migration between Mexico and the United States.

Roberto Collado Anzaldúa, originally from Victoria, Tamaulipas, completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Texas Pan-American, years during which he made several short films, including "11 years of nightmares and a wasted lifetime", which was part of the official selection of the poor film festival in Havana, Cuba. This being the first of a series of awards granted internationally for the different short films in which he has participated, including best cinematographer in the city of Milan, Italy, official selection at Cannes 2015 and best film script.
Later he obtained the degree of Master in Media Arts Production at The City College of New York. And as a title project, I made the short film "Saturday morning" as a director, cinematographer, editor and screenwriter, a short film that was awarded different prizes such as Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, and Special Jury Prize at the CityVisions festival in Nueva York and the Special Prize of the Jury Film Festival of Mexico International Film Festival 2015.
In 2016 he released his first documentary feature film: "Alberto or the revolutionary metamorphosis of General Carrera Torres" filmed in the Tamaulipas plains of the fourth district. Which has the participation of renowned Mexican historians such as Dr. Pedro Salmerón and José Ángel Solorio from Tamaulipas. Alberto is awarded the Latin Awards, Marbella in Spain with the best script and direction. In addition to being part of the official selection of the FICG. In 2020 he worked together with Marco Bracho, a specialist in filming the documentary “Los parados” that is presented in the committee of the Nobel Peace Prize.
His latest project takes him back to the Valley of Texas: "Open Wound" Documentary that addresses the issue of Mexican immigrants in the United States.
He is currently in the development of a fiction feature film "Far away" that he hopes to see the production light soon.

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Director Statement

Herida Abierta is not only a story about the Mexican/American border, nor of any border in the World. It is a story that speaks on our inner wounds, depicts the divisions that our modern geopolitical structures have created. This story shows how the human spirit clashes with the aforementioned structures, provoking excruciating pain.