Ahorita Frames






Official Selection Berlinale 2021

world premiere

Online 01 – 05 Mar 21, European Film Market
Cinema 09 – 20 Jun 21, Summer Special

More info


From September 2001 to April 2002 Nan and Nancy along with other Latin American women worked for the asbestos company “Branch,” cleaning the luxury apartments, offices, and banks of Manhattan in the hermetically sealed zone of “Ground Zero.” The women had neither residence permits nor work permits in the USA, and their dust masks had no filter for asbestos.

At the PedWest border crossing in Tijuana refugees perform their stories. They play asbestos workers, American soldiers, Red Cross staff, and firefighters. Migrants from Guatemala and Venezuela and Mexicans who were deported from the USA to Tijuana: they are all stuck at the border due to the “Remain in Mexico” policy.

Ahorita Frames moves the stories of the asbestos workers from New York in 2001 across the border to Tijuana in 2019, thus reconfiguring the political cartography of power relations.

The film not only describes the devaluation of migrant women, but also a system of cultural symbolism and its colonial narrative.


With the kind support of:

Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V.
Frankfurter Stiftung: maecenia für Frauen in Wissenschaft und Kunst
Berliner Senat, Recherchestipendium Bildende Kunst 2017
Madres y Familias Deportadas en Accion
Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura, IMAC
Border Line Crisis Help Center
Territorium Tijuana

Press kit [EN]

Press kit [ES]


This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work!

Please upgrade today!