On the Line

Every year, over 100,000 Mexicans living in the USA are deported to Mexico. Many of them have grown up and spent decades in America, working, paying taxes, starting families. Some can’t even speak Spanish. In a matter of days. they find themselves torn away from their children and loved ones and escorted across the border. Unable to return home and unable to appeal their deportation.

The border town of Tijuana has become an airlock between two worlds, where the broken lives of migrants end up. For many of these deportees, the only work available is in relocated American call centres. They spend their days answering calls from American consumers, pretending to be working from America, and their evenings looking at the lights from across the border, trying to maintain some some of contact with their families left behind.

Rocio, Richard and Sergio are just three of those affected. We follow them for nearly a year as they struggle to make sense of the situation they are now in and rebuild their lives.


  • Year: 2020
  • Duration: 52 & 68 mins
  • Production: Brother Films
  • Director: Alex Gohari & Léo Mattei
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France


  • Albert Londres Prize 2021 Winner of the Audiovisual category (France), Best Feature-Length Documentary Award at Festival International De Film Spiritualité-Ethnique-Religion Prix Farel 2021 (Switzerland) , Grand Prix + 40 min documentary, Youth Jury Award, & Aina Roger ESJ LILLE – FIGRA Award at FIGRA 2021 (France), Best Feature Documentary Award at Global Cinema Film Festival Boston 2021 (USA), Jury Prize for Best Documentary in the category "Hecho en Mexico" at Docs MX 2021 (Mexico), Special Mention at Mediterranean Film Festival 2021 (Bosnia & Herzegovina), NYC International Film Festival 2021 (USA), Take One Action Film Festival 2021 (UK), Terra di Tutti Film Festival 2021 (Italy), Global Health Film Festival (UK& Ireland), DocsJalisco 2022 (Mexico)

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