Issue No. 20 | Spring 2019 

El Coyote | short film

| directed by Javier Barboza


"El Coyote" is a Film based on true a story of a human smuggler also know as a coyote.

He describes his process and the mechanics of slipping between the Mexico and U.S. border. He shares the brief moments he’s had with the people he’s trying to cross over seeking for a better life.

Director Javier Barboza interviewed a human smuggler, also known as a “Coyote”. The coyote agreed to be interviewed, as long as Javier concealed his identity through the use of animation, and by casting an actor (Jose Callela) as the voice of the narration recreated from the original testimony.

El Coyote, code name G-lok, smuggled undocumented immigrants from various regions of Latin America between Tijuana, Mexico and San Ysidro to the United States. Within five years, G-lok had crossed over six hundred people. The original interview was done in 2010.



Javier Barboza is an award-winning filmmaker, Creative Director, Animator, Educator, Founder of Kaleidoscope Media and co- director of the Los Angeles institute of experimentation(L.I.E). His work tackles the complexity of the identity and migration, using surreal, magical realism, narrative and documentary method to engage the audience in an experience best described as visually immersive. From Los Angeles CA currently based in Boston MA, He studied at East Los Angeles College, dedicating himself to fine arts, animation and graffiti. He continued his studies at Cal Arts majoring in Character Animation. He received his MFA at U.S.C, School of Cinematic Arts. He was awarded the Princes Grace Film Grant, was a Annenberg Fellow, and has showcased at a variety of film festivals. Javier continues to pitch at studios, lecture at various Universities nationally and internationally, freelance at several studios Netflix, MTV,ACLU,Buck, PBS,Google, Playboy, Nickelodeon, Sony Animation and Disney. T.V. He is currently experimenting with new ways of telling stories through V.R, A.R, projections, installations, performance art, muppets, graffiti and animation.