On The Edge

A new documentary by Steev Hise about the femicide in Ciudad Juárez.

On The Edge is a documentary covering the brutal murders of hundreds of poor young women in the border town of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, murders that have been repeatedly ignored and unresolved by police and governments since 1993, despite the continued and persistent efforts of family members and activists to obtain justice for the victims. Rather than provide an easy, murder-mystery style solution to the crimes, the film sets out to explain the social, cultural, and economic factors that have created this situation where the killings can continue, and continue to go unpunished. In addition to explaining the circumstances, On The Edge situates the Juarez killings in the context of wider political and economic trends, showing the audience that this is not just an isolated phenomenon in one far-off city, but a glimpse at a nightmarish future for much of the world, unless something is done to prevent it.
(58 minutes, 2006, in Spanish and English with English and Spanish subtitles)

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Latest news:

  • After being out of print for a couple of years, the DVD of On The Edge has been re-released in April 2010! Order it direct from IA Productions
  • If you'd like to host the film (and even the filmmaker) in your town, please get in touch.
  • watch the trailer (mpeg-4 file)

  • more information:

    Steev's bio | Steev's blog entries about Juarez. | Steev's bookmarks to pages on Juarez.
  • see this page with a short video done by Steev in november 2004 about the Caravan for Justice in Ciudad Juarez in fall 2004. the Mexico Solidarity Network's page on the Juarez situation

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    Archived past information:
  • January 2008: A new podcast will provide online one of the 9 sections of the film each week. To subscribe to the podcast, click here, or paste this web address into iTunes or whatever software you use to manage video podcasts: http://panleft.net/cms/taxonomy/term/186/0/feed.
  • A new flyer template for screenings is available in PDF and JPEG format, featuring original artwork by Shawn Granton. Older flyer template is also still around, with full synopsis, as a jpeg file or a pdf file.
  • August 8: The DVD is available for purchase now from Illegal Art.
  • April 2: Starting in April Free Speech TV will be screening On The Edge for an initial license period of 9 months. See their online schedule for air dates.
  • january 2006: film completed.

    Recent Screenings:

  • Phoenix Anarchist Coalition (www.phoenixanarchist.org) will be showing the film on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at 3 Roots Coffee House and Café at 1020 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe @ 7:30pm.
  • March 11, 2008 - screening at Tucson YWCA, co-hosted by University of Arizona Women's Resource Center. more details TBA screening of On The Edge in Albuquerque - 2 March 24, 2007 6-9pm
    Sol Collective Gallery, 2010 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, CA, $5 at the door (All proceeds benefit The Juarez Project and the victims families in Juarez)

    2006 West Coast screening tour:

    -Monday, June 19, in Bisbee at Copper Queen Library.
    -Saturday, June 24, 7pm at Zuzi Theatre, Tucson. Part of Pan Left's "Feature This!" festival. April 29: at Noon I will be showing clips and talking in a panel discussion about the role of documentary filmmaking in social movements, as part of the Arizona International Film Festival, at the Screening Room in Tucson, AZ.
    April 29: at Arivaca Film Expo in Arivaca, AZ, 2:30 pm
    April 28: 5:30pm at the Copper Queen Library in Bisbee, AZ.
    March 30, 2006: Screening scheduled as part of the Justice for Women Symposium at NMSU in Las Cruces, NM. 2:30 pm at the Nason House, New Mexico State University campus. Also screening will be several other films about the subject.
    April 2: Premieres on Free Speech TV.
    April 3, 2006: The Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM. 7:30 pm.
    April 5: San Diego, presented by San Diego Indymedia.