Burros: Review. By Jake Peffer.
Burros tells the story of a young indigenous girl named Elsa, who lives in southern Arizona, 20 miles away from the Mexican border. While her father heads out to work for the border patrol she stumbles upon another young girl who has been separated from her own father. Turns out this girl is a Hispanic migrant whose father and rest of their group was caught after crossing over the border. Elsa is excited as her and the girl become fast friends but it’s something that unfortunately may not be possible to last.
I haven’t seen too many short films in my day but after watching Burros I may need to seek more of them out. It’s amazing in a film that’s less than fifteen minutes long the director, Jefferson Stein, can put so much depth into this story. Within five minutes you can easily connect with the character Elsa and watch her story progress and hope that things work out in her favor. Stein is able to show the innocence in these young girls and portray how they don’t see the big picture going on outside of their own little world. These two young girls who play Elsa and Ena are amazing actresses. To be so young and have such natural talent is nothing short of amazing.
This is an insightful look into the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the Mexican-U.S. border. When we get to the end and Elsa’s father must turn in her new friend because she came into the country illegally is so heartbreaking. Seeing the look in her eyes the following morning when she realizes she won’t be able to see her new friend anymore just hits you in the gut. Burros displays a lot in a short amount of time but it is extremely insightful and an eye opening look into a difficult situation.
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