La Línea/The Line—the border checkpoint between the U.S. and Mexico—is the most transited international land border in the world. It is here that hundreds of vendors earn a living selling goods and services on the Tijuana side to those waiting to cross into the U.S. ‘La Línea’ follows a few of these vendors in their day-to-day and records the ever-changing urban landscape of a city that is perpetually redefining itself against the backdrop of its reputation.
Mael Vizcarra is a filmmaker and anthropologist from Tijuana, Mexico. She has a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University. She studies the everyday life of working-class people along the Mexico-U.S. border through filmmaking. Her most recent documentary, La Línea, focuses on the day-to-day work of street vendors at the border checkpoint of San Ysidro in Tijuana.