Fighting for Environmental Justice documents how the San Ysidro border community is threatened by air pollution stemming from traffic at the US-Mexico port of entry. The documentary highlights community efforts to mitigate this environmental injustice following a major federal expansion of the border crossing last year. [Youth Film]
Ilan Jinich is a 10th grader from San Diego, California. He enjoys making documentaries about social justice issues. His past work includes a documentary he created as a Youth Peace Leader at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice called “Documenting the Undocumented,” which portrays the challenges faced by immigrants in the United States. He received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his leadership role in the Alliance of Youth Advocates, an intra-school youth organization which created a startup in the form of an Immigrant Recourse Center. As a first generation Hispanic living in the US-Mexico border region, Ilan feels that it is his duty to work to better the lives of immigrants. Ilan is also a cellist and a competitive fencer.