Geeta Gandbhir

A lyrical portrait of an unlikely community of US deportees struggling to rebuild their lives in Tijuana, a place defined by the border but yet defiant towards it, a no man's land where everything and everyone feels transient.

It’s common to hear stories of people who have successfully immigrated to the US, but it’s very rare to learn about what happens to those who are deported. CALL CENTER BLUES examines deportees living in Tijuana, and the complicated new positions they find themselves in. So moving and very beautiful, CALL CENTER BLUES flips the script and opens our eyes to a different reality. — Jillian C (Programmer)





25 min




English, Spanish


Documentary, Social Justice/Human Rights


Geeta Gandbhir is an award-winning director, producer and editor. As a director, she won Best Documentary at the 40th News & Documentary Emmy® Awards for I AM EVIDENCE, an HBO Documentary Film, and Best Government and Politics Documentary for ARMED WITH FAITH, a PBS Documentary film. As an editor, she won a Primetime Emmy for Best Editing for Spike Lee's HBO documentary series WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE and also for the HBO film BY THE PEOPLE, THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA. A documentary film she co-produced, THE SENTENCE, for HBO, also won a Special Jury Primetime Emmy. In 2019 she directed the series WHY WE HATE with Amblin Entertainment and Jigsaw Productions for Discovery. Other award-winning feature docs she co-directed include PRISON DOGS which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES: PEACEKEEPERS which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and aired on PBS. She created and is co-directing and co-producing a series on race with The New York Times Op-Docs titled THE CONVERSATION which won the AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grant and a MacArthur Grant. She also co-directed and edited the film, REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DENIRO SR. with Perri Peltz for HBO which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. She has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation grant, a MacArthur Grant, among others, and in 2017, she was the recipient of Chicken and Eggs prestigious Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.


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Director: Geeta Gandbhir

Executive Producers: Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, Gena Konstantinakos

Producer: Jessica Devaney

Cinematographer: Asad Faruqi

Editor: Viridiana Lieberman

Sound Designer: Filipe Messeder

Music: Laura Heinzinger


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