From the Barrio to the big screen

From the Barrio to the big screen

If you have been on social media lately you may have seen the trailer for "Home + Away" a film by New York-based director Matt Ogens.

The film is centered around three athletes from Bowie High School who face different struggles throughout their time at Bowie.

Living on the border there are special circumstances that Francisco Mata, Erik Espinoza-Villa and Shyanne Murguia face and that is represented in the film.

Planning for the movie began close to three years ago according to Javier Diaz Jr., a former Bowie teacher and baseball coach.

“Each sport selected a kid and they selected also what they were trying to do was capture a kid going between both cities and the struggle and the barriers going at a school like Bowie High School, Diaz said.”

Once the three students were selected they had camera crews following them around their entire senior year.

Shyanne Murguia, 18, is a wrestling athlete at Bowie.

“They had followed me around from the beginning of my wrestling tournament they had followed me throughout the whole thing and had stopped at graduation,” said Shyanne Murguia.

Once filming stopped, Murgia said it took close to half a year to edit and finalize the documentary. That is when they got the phone call that they would be heading to New York City for the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

The film was featured at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in April.

“Celebrities are on the red carpet, like I’m from Bowie High School in El Paso I didn’t know that I’d be in New York on the red carpet from one day to the next, said Murguia.”

It was the first time to New York for the students and the first time on a plane for Mata and Espinoza-Villa.

Mata is an 18-year-old baseball and professional luchador at Bowie.

All of them said it was a dream come true and something they will never forget.

Erik Espinoza Villa, 19, is a soccer player at Bowie.

El Pasoans will get their chance to view the film at the Plaza Classic Film Festival on Friday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Philanthropy Theatre.

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