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Figures from the military and a small town talk about the chain of events that led to a young man's death.

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Filmmaker Kieran Fitzgerald talks about the realities of the U.S.-Mexico border, and how protecting those Americans who live along the border should be the first priority of the U.S. government.


U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexico border kill a U.S. citizen, mistaking him for a drug runner.

  • Updated on March 31, 2014

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The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 8, 2008

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Filmmaker: Kieran Fitzgerald Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | Press Release


Kieran Fitzgerald
Kieran Fitzgerald

Nobody knew about his story, and I started wondering why it was that his story had vanished.”

— Kieran Fitzgerald, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

With an accountant's methodical attention and a true-crime maven's taste for a great story, Kieran Fitzgerald's memorable The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández documents a tragic 1997 border incident that sheds light on the uses of U.S. military on home soil.”

&mdash Robert Koehler, Variety

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