The Texas Observer

Founded in 1954, The Texas Observer is a print and online publication based in Austin, Texas. The Observer is known for its sharp reporting on Texas news, politics, and culture.

 

‘Hurdle’ is a Gritty Tale of Hope and Survival

April 16, 2019

My review of ‘Hurdle,’ a documentary that follows two young Palestinians living in the shadow of the West Bank wall. The two men, Sami and Mohammad, attempt to weather the oppression and violence surrounding them through parkour and photography. A unique film with a powerful and timely message, the documentary intimately captures the pressure, pain and aspirations of Palestinians living under Israel occupation.

 

‘The River and The Wall’ is a Visually Stunning Borderland Adventure

March 15, 2019

My review of ‘The River and The Wall,’ a documentary seeking to capture the people, places, and wildlife that will be irrecoverably damaged by the construction of a southern border wall. The film, which debuted at SXSW in March, follows five conservationists who embark on a 1200-mile journey along the Texas-Mexico border by horse, bike, and boat. Along the way, they document the borderlands’ rich ecosystems, stop to speak with politicians and local stakeholders, and explore the alternatives to a southern border barrier.