AEON Video – Walleyball: Where Tijuana meets San Diego, beach-goers turn the militarised border wall into the world’s biggest volleyball net

Walleyball

Where Tijuana meets San Diego, beach-goers turn the militarised border wall into the world’s biggest volleyball net

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The roughly 700-mile Mexico-United States fence is a massive reminder that, in many ways, the border between the two countries is a conflict zone where surplus from the Vietnam War – militarised weapons, ground vehicles, helicopters and heat sensors – are now employed to pursue immigrants headed northwards.

Walleyball finds the eclectic US filmmaker Brent Hoff making a playful yet powerful plea for humanity where Tijuana meets San Diego, initiating a friendly game of over-the-fence volleyball with two Mexican beach-goers amid the unforgiving hum of helicopters. The short film was created as part of McSweeney’s Wholphin DVD series and screened on CNN to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

For more on the San Diego-Tijuana border, read Enrique Gili’s essay ‘Tijuana Arts’.

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