Crossing Borders Films


American Textures

The third of Crossing Borders Films' intercultural trilogy, American Textures is a feature documentary that follows six creative individuals of Black, White and Latino origin on a journey through diverse communities in the southern United States. The journey pushes them to risk sharing their own stories, struggles and dreams. The honest confrontations, powerful discoveries, and growing empathy between them create vibrant doorways through which these true heroes forge deeper understandings of themselves, each other and the world they live in.

American Textures responds to the deep racial divisions that shape the daily life of American society. It is designed as a Community Social Engagement Project that actively supports the creation of intercultural dialogues and the growth of interracial empathy. This emotional story of interracial interactions is only the beginning. The real story will unfold when individuals use American Textures to initiate interracial dialogues within their homes, schools, churches, town halls and communities across US society.

“This film makes me hopeful about the future of our country, and the world. The path is not easy. But it is clear.”
Mark Bauman, EVP National Geographic TV

Educational Materials

In collaboration with National Geographic Education, Crossing Borders Films has created a web based tool which explores issues covered in Americal Textures. It is available for free on National Geographic's website.

Our partner Crossing Borders Education has also created a series of educational toolkits using clips from this and our other films.

“What if a documentary really could change the world? Just a little bit? Some actually do - creating subtle but profound shifts in the ways their audiences see and approach the world. American Textures could be one of them.”
Andrea Swift, Chair Documentary Department, New York Film Academy

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