Jim Benvie leads an armed vigilante group patrolling the US-Mexico border with the intent to deter unauthorized crossings. Despite carrying military-grade weapons and frequently detaining people, they face vague legal boundaries and accusations of far-right extremism. In Oliver Sallet’s investigative report, we dive into the world of vigilantes who take the law into their own hands.
As Benvie and his men work in a ‘gray zone’, they receive support from Border Patrol while operating far outside of its bounds. But why do they feel compelled to do so? And how have they affected the lives of those they encounter? Third Person confronts the broader implications of private citizens upholding the border’s integrity, and what it could mean for American society.