My name is Laura Bustillos. I am a documentary filmmaker and photographer from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico raised in the border sister city of El Paso, Texas, USA.

I first became interested in telling stories from the border prior to my graduation from Brooks Institute in Ventura, CA where I received a BA in Visual Journalism with a special recognition. In search of my own voice, I recognized the value of my culture and where I come from. I come from a place of physical division, a limbo between two countries where the most beautiful art is created by first-hand victims of drug war violence. I grew up back and forth between countries. I know what it’s like to live in fear and still see the perfection of life in everything that breathes and withers. I see magic and beauty everywhere I go – in light and in darkness.


I now focus on telling inspiring, transformative stories about people like me who are separated from their families for political reasons, people who are undocumented, and most importantly, people who are not limited by these imposed obstacles and keep succeeding no matter what.

I am a recent alumni of the David Lynch MA in Film. I am now in New York City, El Paso, Ciudad Juárez, Phoenix, etc., working closely with attorneys, community leaders, activists, and artists on the production of documentary film series “UNDOCUMENTED FREEDOM.”…

Please reach out to me if you would like to connect…




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