Three hours north of Mexico City lies the small town of Alberto. Over the past few years, the town has become a virtual ghosttown, with most of the community migrating north to cross the border.

Fed up with the mass migration of their community, the town decides to create a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction they call La Caminata, a simulated border crossing,complete with fake border patrol chasing balaclava-clad coyotes. The experience is designed to attract tourists to their town and revitalize the economy.

Jamie Meltzer’s short documentary film explores La Caminata (English translation: the journey or the trek) and its impact on the community and the tourists flocking to this unusual experience.


Jamie Meltzer’s LA CAMINATA highlights the complexity of immigration in riveting and unexpected ways. Migrants, themselves, are absent from the film in the same way that they are missing from their hometowns. With that absence looming over the film, we are privileged to see and hear how those who are left behind in a tiny town in Mexico make sense of the difficult and frequently deadly journey across the border. While the campesinos actively connect the dots between immigration, community and nation, their wealthier compatriots are content to have those connections revealed to them as spectacle.Deborah L. Jaramillo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Film and Television, Boston University

In its short time frame La Caminata sensitively opens our eyes to an as-yet-unexplored side of Mexican migration to the United States: the people left behind.  Karen Cirillo, Programmer, True/False Film Festival and Doxita

Check out the HuffingtonPost feature on the film

Traveler’s Today also picked up the story.

Daily Mail in the UK also gets in on the action.



La Caminata is currently available for Educational Use at NEW DAY FILMS.



  • SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • True/False Film Festival, Columbia, Missouri
  • Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
  • Message to Man International Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Temescal Street Cinema, Oakland, CA
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence, RI
  • Rooftop Films Summer Series, NY, NY
  • Salem Film Festival , Salem, MA