Private Project

Juarez City of Dreams

Situated across the Rio Grande from the US city of El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juarez is one of the largest and most violent border towns on earth with one million desperately poor and maligned inhabitants.

They say 'If Juarez is a city of God, it's only because the Devil is scared to come here"

People flock to the city daily from inland Mexico, but why so many? Is it to work in the poorly paid US based factories or maquiladoras as they are locally known? To illegally cross the border into the US in search of the American dream. To traffic drugs for the Juarez cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful drug gangs who are fighting to control the plazas or corridors of narcotics flowing into the US; or maybe it’s just to murder!

  • Alex Tweddle
  • Alex Tweddle
  • Alex Tweddle
  • James Buck
    Director of Photography
  • Iain Chambers
  • Moritz Schmittat
  • Simon Bowen
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    41 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2008
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Super 8 Film
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • The Lift-Off Global Network
    United Kingdom
    December 13, 2021
    Official Selection - Short Film Content
  • Beyond the Curve International Film Festival
    February 28, 2022
    Finalist - Best Women's Film (Main Category)
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
    United States
    February 11, 2022
    Winner - Only The Best Documentary Feature
Director Biography - Alex Tweddle

Alex was born in Carlisle, a city in the North of England. He attended the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art studying the technical side of theatre, he was then accepted at The London Film School where he studied all aspects of filmmaking. He is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and HEAT certified to operate in hostile environments and has worked in some of the most dangerous cities in the world.

Alex has been making what industry colleagues describe as exciting, innovative, high quality films for over 20 years. His work is often daring, edgy, distinctive filmmaking that pushes boundaries both in subject matter and content.

He always aim is to make films that not only entertain but inform and show us a different perspective on life, society and even ourselves. His films have been in-competition at over 50 international film festivals and have won numerous awards including best film, best director and best editing. Alex has had the privilege of working with some of the best actors and technicians the industry has to offer.

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