Norteno, Chicano or Anglo-American?

This film examines the people living along the Mexican/American border and their common devotion to the Tijuana soccer team and the concept of: 

"Atras La Pared"

These soccer fans explore how to build a lost relationship with their culture, realize the American dream in the Coachella Valley and define what it means to be a Mexican-American in a society that makes you choose one over the other.

Atras La Pared explores the role that a soccer team can play in the lives of its fans, and a region, while questioning the power the exercised over them by borders, politics and identity.

The “Xolos” are the only professional soccer team in the region. Once notorious for drugs, crime and illegal immigrants, today the “Xolos” are a part of the revival of Tijuana. The club created in 2007 and by 2012 they were champions. With roughly one third of the fans in Estadio Caliente on game day living in the United States they have become a regional force, associated with more than just Tijuana and soccer.

Joining fans from their homes in Mexico and the United States we get an intimate look at the community and fandom forged through the “Xolos”. This is the first generation of fans for the team and they are reimagining what it means to be Norteno, Chicano or Anglo-American in a region where definitions are increasingly forced on people.


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