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Music Without Borders

On October 13th, 2019, hundreds of people gathered on both sides of the US/Mexican border to form a binational choir and unite in song.

  • Roberto Knauf
  • Jennifer Rubin
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 20, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico, United States
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Director Biography - Roberto Knauf, Jennifer Rubin

Roberto Knauf
Artist at heart with the brain of an engineer, Rob Knauf has maintained a fascination since his youth with how and why particular works of art, primarily visually, garner certain reactions out of an audience. From cameras, scripts, crew, actors, locations and perspectives Rob has spent over a decade studying the different parts that make the sum and applying his knowledge and creativity to produce his own films. To get the reaction that he wants out of a film Rob won't hesitate to work his fingers to the bone, however, he never forgets he has a funny one. Rob enjoys every step of the production process and knows fun work always equals good work.

Jennifer Rubin
Born and raised in Michigan, Jen's a Detroit OG who still calls soda 'pop'. After graduating from Central Michigan University with a BA in Photojournalism, she packed up her car, hit Route 66, and followed that all the way to California. Jen currently works full time at Rowlbertos Media, a San Diego Production Company, producing and editing anything she can get her hands on. In her spare time, you can find Jen rooting for the Detroit Red Wings or road tripping around these great states in search for the hidden kitsch of America.

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Director Statement

"Living in San Diego has been an interesting intersection of US and Mexican cultures. Living in the San Diego has a lot of perks and literally touches Tijuana, which has a negative reputation, even within Mexico. Both cities are distinctive in their own right but do require each other to create the diverse juxtaposition. It's America's Finest City and the busiest border crossing in the United States. It is truly the best of both worlds. Being able to unite a large group of people singing "A Little Help from my Friends" was inspiring and a great reminder we are a lot more similar than we think." - Roberto Knauf

"In a time where we sometimes can feel more divided than connected, this event aspired to shine some positive light on humanity and boy did it deliver! When this project was presented to us we knew this was a chance to be part of something bigger. I'm incredibly honored to have been part of such a unique experience and hope this video will continue to spread the love that was felt on the border that day." - Jennifer Rubin