Life on the Line is a half-hour cinema vérité documentary that follows a year in the life of 11-year-old Kimberly Torrez as she and her family await the visa that will allow them to return to the United States after unforeseen circumstances trap them in Nogales, Mexico. Living literally steps from the border, Kimberly crosses each day to attend school just across the line in Arizona. While Kimberly’s father finds himself unemployed, stricken with Hepatitis C, and in need of a liver transplant, Kimberly’s mother desperately awaits the visa that will allow her to live in the U.S. with her American children if her husband dies. A slice-of-life portrait film told through Kimberly’s eyes, Life on the Line illuminates the changing face of America through the story of this one family.
Life on the Line screened on PBS as part of Latino Heritage Month (2014) and numerous festivals across the nation, garnering the award for Best Environmental Film at the Mexico International Film Festival (2014) and Best Documentary Honorable Mention at the University Film and Video Association Conference (2014).
Directed and Produced by Jen Gilomen and Sally Rubin. Distributed by New Day Films.