Echoes of the Rio

100 Sandoval St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Saturday April 27th, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

463 PASEO DE PERALTA, Santa Fe NM, 87504

Sunday April 28th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

A woman living on the U.S./Mexico border invokes the voice of the Rio Grande. Guiding her through the history of migration and the symbiotic relationship with the indigenous people of the land. As the river speaks, echoes follow, ultimately exposing the socio-ecological destruction caused when the river became a border and a political weapon.


Jackie is a documentary filmmaker from the U.S./Mexico Border. She graduated from UTEP with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and a Minor in Dance. During her studies, she focused on indigenous cultures of the Americas and grassroots social movements. In 2021, her documentary short film, JOSIE, received First Place Award and the Audience Choice award at the Plaza Classic Film Festival. She went on to direct and produce Ome Tlaloc: Ceremonial Tattoos through the REEL South PBS program and is continuing to direct and produce more films to come. She is the Director of Community Engagement for the Femme Frontera Filmmaker’s collective of women and non-binary filmmakers on the border.


Jackie Barragan


Jacqueline Barragan


Jacqueline Barragan


Dr. Yolanda Leyva

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Barragan’s film embraces the rich history of the Rio Grande. The river is creatively personified as it flows through the narrative, highlighting the deep connection indigenous peoples have with the land and the history of migration. Barragan masterfully weaves together narration and visuals, while the river itself to speak of its experiences. The soundscape further enhances the experience, transporting the viewer on a journey through time within the short film. By making the river the central character, Barragan underscores how it has always been more than just a waterway; it holds a vital place in New Mexico’s history and the lives of the people who call it home. This connection is powerfully portrayed in the closing visual montage, where the land and the people are seamlessly linked.

Shayna Freedman

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