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The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes.


  • Ben Masters
  • Jay Kleberg
  • Filipe DeAndrade
  • Heather Mackey
  • Austin Alvarado
  • Beto O'Rourke
  • Will Hurd

Atom User Reviews

5.0 out of 5


May 2, 2019

Director Ben Masters’ compelling, gorgeously shot, super-timely documentary The River and the Wall should be required viewing of anyone charged with making a public case for or against a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Metacritic review by Gary Goldstein
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2019

By the end of this epic and thoughtful expedition, you’re left with the unmistakable feeling that some things – in this case, the natural splendor of the Rio Grande ecosystem – should and indeed must remain unsullied by cheap Washington grandstanding and election year promises.

Metacritic review by Marc Savlov
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
Apr 24, 2019

The sweeping footage they captured is moving in its beauty. But the real reason for the film is “reason.” Ben Masters’ movie talks to stakeholders — ranchers, Border Patrol agents, experts on patterns of migration and immigration along the U.S./Mexico border and members of Congress. And none of them think this wall thing is a very good idea, for reasons ranging from the impracticality of it and the lack of utility (It won’t do the job.)

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation