In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration. Eight people have been killed along the border in the past two years. One man, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, died a short time after being beaten and tased, an event recorded by two eyewitnesses whose video is the centerpiece of the report. Both eyewitnesses say the man offered little or no resistance. One told Need to Know that she felt like she watched someone being “murdered,” and the San Diego coroner’s office classified the death as a “homicide.”
Watch the video here: Crossing the line at the border
Cesar Chavez Last Fast
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Using remarkable unseen footage and candid interviews, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee examine the last act of protest in the amazing life of Cesar Chavez. The year was 1988, and for 36 days Chavez participated in a water-only hunger strike to draw attention to the disturbing and horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities. The result is a powerful documentary that does justice to a powerful activist who spent his life fighting for the rights of others. Cesar’s Last Fast is a moving and definitive portrait of the leader of a people who became an American icon of struggle and freedom.