The three filmmakers producing under the name UK Balaam Productions seem to have nothing to do with instigating the November 24 border incident in which over 100 migrants confronted Border Patrol officers.
In a long statement published on their Facebook page, Jesus Guerri, Bryan Andrade Chilian, and Ana Andrade distance themselves from what happened and reiterate that they were there to work on a documentary unrelated to immigration reform or any sort of revolution.
Newly released Momentos Previos November 24 video
A newly released video shows them getting ready to film a woman that lives in a ñongo (huts that the homeless create out of dirt, wood, and any sort of debris) on the river bed. They say they are going to film a person for their documentary.
You hear Andrade asking a woman how they intend to cross; the woman replied that they were just finding out themselves. You can hear the other two filmmakers talking nervously when they realized something was about to happen. "We're just finding about this," you hear one of the filmmakers say.
Someone approaches the filmmakers to ask them what is going on. They reply with, "We don't know. It is what we are going to investigate."
As they walk by the people against a border wall, they chat among themselves in wonder of what is going on. They go down to the river to ask a man if he knows anything. He says that the people believe if they all rush the border at the same time, Border Patrol agents will run away and they won't be caught.
Andrade asks for the camera from her partner and tells him she won't take long, that she will be back in five minutes. On her way up from the river, others follow behind. "You are coming as well? Yes, let's see what's going on," Andrade tells the others.
November 24 border-crossing attempt
"¡Ahi van!" Andrade exclaims when she realizes that some sort of activity has started. She rushes to the front of the line to capture what was going on with her other camera. The video ends at the moment UK Balaam’s initial video release began.
"I'm tired of it all and don't want to talk about it,” said Andrade in a December 6 interview. "The media is focusing on the wrong thing instead of what it truly is important," she said in an aggravated tone. She didn’t specify the threats that have come her way since the incident, and she wants to distance herself from the project. She said she had to go to class and ended the conversation.
The students sold the ten minutes of footage to Milenio Noticias for under $100.
At Tijuana's Otras Obras art gallery a week and a half before the incident, the trio released a short film — a mesh of colors, noise, digital manipulation, and more weird things featuring scenes from life in Bordo.