SCHOOL CROSSING was the winner of BEST FILM at the February 2020 Documentary Film Festival in Toronto.
Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?
Karla Caraballo-Torres & Lorin Eleni Gill: We were inspired to make this film because my family (Karla) is originally from Venezuela and I had been hearing many stories from family members experiencing the crisis firsthand. We started researching for a story that went beyond the headlines and showed the true human impact of this economic and politic crisis. When we came across this case of children crossing the border to go to school, we thought it was a perfect example of how the crisis was effecting people’s everyday lives in a unique way that hadn’t received much coverage.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
We started doing research in early December…
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