USA | 80 Minutes | Online Screening | NR | dir. Jeff Bemiss, Lisa Molomot
Join us at 6:00pm on Thursday, April 15th for a discussion with Jeff Bemiss and Lisa Molomot; the directors of the 2020 documentary Missing In Brooks County. The discussion will be held on Zoom, and you can find the link below. The film will be made available to stream online for free starting on Wednesday, April 14th and until Thursday, April 15th. Like our other online screenings, reply to the google form below to receive a link to the screening portal once the streaming window begins.
About the film:
Anyone looking for a family member last heard from in Brooks County will eventually find their way to Eddie Canales, who runs the South Texas Human Rights Center. Eddie’s phone rings constantly with calls from families of those who have gone missing while circumventing the local immigration checkpoint. One day, the brother and sister-in-law of Homero Roman arrived to see Eddie. Omar and Michelle tell Eddie that from the age of five, Homero lived in Houston with his family, but after a traffic violation at age 27, he was deported. He tried to adjust to life in Mexico, a place he barely remembered, but eventually decided to return. He went missing in Brooks County.
Meanwhile, the family of Juan Maceda shows up at Eddie’s doorstep. Juan grew up in Guerrero, Mexico with his mother. By the time young Juan graduated high school, his future was written: either join the criminal gangs or languish in poverty. Juan decided to join his father in the United States. He paid to join a group that would be smuggled across the border into Texas. He went missing in Brooks County.
Eddie helps the families look for their loved ones by engaging with Border Patrol agent Alex Jara and mounting an extensive search of the private ranches where many bodies are found. Together, they come upon clues to the mystery of what happened to their loved ones and confront the agonizing reality of life and death in Brooks County.
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