Through deserts without borders between Mexico and the United States

Riding through the missions founded by a Jesuit in the 17th century, Maria, a young instructor from Rodeo, discovers the origins of the widespread devotion to Father Kino throughout Mexico. His father, José Luis, and his uncles have been making pilgrimages on horseback for decades along the routes of the father of the desert. With them, there is also the ranchero writer Richard Collins, from Arizona. Their friendship, in the name of Father Kino, overcomes even the most degrading wall along the border.

During the rides Maria learns about the missions founded by Father Kino, his geographical, astronomical and agricultural discoveries, his being the first to build the ranch system, but also the founder of the state of Arizona and great apostle of the Tohono. O’Odham, the PIME, the “people of the desert”. It is immersed in the colors of the Magdalena de Kino festival, among hundreds and hundreds of “faithful on horseback”.

Mary also goes on an inner journey, which leads her to confront the very harsh actuality of the border regions. The life of the Tohono O’Odham is very difficult and the hypothesis of the extension of the wall, which would cut their lands in two, is looming. The desert crossed by the trafficking of narcos has changed the face of a hard but wonderful land. The tragedy of deportees and illegal immigrants, which sees so many human lives being shattered, is there in front of them. The shelters do superhuman work and are named after Father Kino, the Kino Border Initiative.

Maria and the other knights, following in Kino’s footsteps, tell us the story of the Jesuit who came from Val di Non, and at the same time the complexity of a contemporary world full of contradictions, but who draws inspiration from Father Kino to move forward with hope.

With the patronage of the Holy See – Dicastery for the service of integral human development

Produced by Aurora Vision with the collaboration of Trentino Film Commission, P. Eusebio F. Chini Cultural Association, Sant’Ignazio Foundation, Jesuits – Euromediterranean Province

  • US distribution: Indie Rights Movies
  • written and directed by: LIA BELTRAMI
  • producer: ANDREA MORGHEN
  • director of photography:DENIS MOROSIN
  • assistant director: MARIANNA BELTRAMI
  • assistant producer: OLHA VOZNA
  • general manager: ALBERTO CHINI
  • original soundtrack: ALBERTO BELTRAMI