Night of the Coyotes

Clara Trischler & Clara Trischler / Germany & Austria / 2024

To prevent their village from extinction, Mexican residents simulate an experience they all know: crossing the border illegally into the US. They disguise themselves as border police and human traffickers so that tourists can feel like migrants for one night.

A small indigenous Mexican village is slowly turning into a ghost town as many of its inhabitants emigrate. To survive this, they start simulating an experience they all know: crossing the border to the US illegally. The residents of the village slip into the roles of border guards, human traffickers and drug smugglers to reenact the crossing for paying tourists so they can put themselves into the position of a migrant for one night. A story of empowerment or a village stuck in the loop of their traumatic experiences?