The Bi-National Arts Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Bisbee, AZ. Working on each side of the U.S. Mexico border (Arizona and Sonora), we cultivate the arts through training, performance and exchange opportunities for the youth and adults of our region. As a catalyst, the Institute channels the creative expression of music, poetry, film and other media by celebrating our shared human experience across the border.

Bi-National Arts Institute

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Bisbee, AZ  85603



In October 2018 people who fled gang violence, poverty, and political repression from Central America have organized themselves an exodus to the North. The caravans travel from the Guatemala–Mexico border to the Mexico–United States border.


Migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador gathered on 12 October 2018 to meet at San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in Honduras. The caravan began the next day, intending to reach the United States. Today many of those families and individuals gather in the Mexican border towns waiting for their opportunity to ask for asylum in the US.


While the caravan’s main route end up in the City of Tijuana, Mexico, other migrants took other routes. In the border town of Agua Prieta, Sonora, 86 members of the caravan are waiting for their cases to be processed by US authorities. Their future is uncertain. Perhaps they will enter into the US or perhaps they'll get integrated into the mexican society and incorporating themselves in the Borderland society and culture.

In this context, BNAI, with the collaboration of the local company Onirica Productions are in the pre-production stage for a documentary film where asylum seekers on the border of Mexico share their stories through interviews and music.


With help from local organizations, high school youth from Agua Prieta and Naco are chosen to conduct interviews with central American migrants. From this chosen group, a workshop will be given by local producer and BNAI's board member Bijoyini Chatterjee


This interviews are developed with the Mexican youth in order for interviewees to share their real story and create an understanding between migrants and local border town citizens. In parallel the documentary will alternate stories with music. One of the topics will be regarding any significant music they have in their lives at this time.

This film will be projected in universities, schools, libraries, organizations and film festivals creating an interest and education around human migration and the borderland culture.

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