On the Divide

Maya Cueva, Leah Galant, USA 2021, 79’
International premiere
Audience award nominated film. Vote after the screening.
Ferguson Rises The film awarded in the American Docs competition

Pro-life or pro-choice? Abortion remains a divisive social issue. McAllen, a Texas town on the Mexican border, with the only abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley is where one of the battles in the war of world views takes place. The documentary takes a closer look at people representing various sides of the conflict. Although it isn't difficult to guess who the filmmakers support, they are empathetic enough to see human beings in those on the other side of the divide. The film is not about the headlines, but about specific people, each with their own story and personality, so complex as to be contradictory. Since all the characters here are Latinos, the individual portraits together form a broader story about the group's life in the United States.

Audience award nominated film. Please pick up a voting card on entering the screening and tear in a place marking your opinion and throw it into an assigned box after the screening (cards and boxes will be available at the theaters). The filmmakers have a chance of winning $5,000 sponsored by BNY Mellon, Poland.

Piotr Mirski

Maya Cueva

Maya Cueva is a director and producer. She studied at Ithaca College where she met Leah Galant, with whom she made the short documentary The Provider, devoted to a traveling abortion provider. Her work has been shown at SXSW and Palm Springs International ShortFest. She has Latin American roots.


2015 The Provider (doc., short, co-dir.)

2021 Ale Libre (doc., short)

2021 Linia podziału / On the Divide (doc., co-dir.)

Leah Galant

Leah Galant studied Documentary Filmmaking at Ithaca College. Variety magazine placed her on a list of 110 students to watch. On the Divide, her full-length debut, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She lives in New York.


2015 The Provider (doc.,short, co-dir.)

2018 Death Metal Grandma (doc., short)

2021 Linia podziału / On the Divide (doc., co-dir.)

Cast & Crew

director Maya Cueva, Leah Galant
screenplay Maya Cueva, Leah Galant
cinematography Leah Galant
editing Berenice Chavez
music Jeff Claus, Judy Hyman
producer Diane Becker, Melanie Miller, Amanda Spain, Elizabeth Woodward
production Fishbowl Films, Willa Productions
sales Fishbowl Films
language English, Spanish
coloration colour
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