One of the best films I've seen in years.

–Suzan Beraza, Mountainfilm Festival Director

A Feature Documentary

 

Missing in Brooks County follows the stories of two families searching for their loved ones who went missing in the fields of Brooks County, Texas. A gripping drama, it is also a deeply humane portrait of the human rights workers, activists, and law enforcement agents who confront the life-and-death consequences of a broken immigration system.

Reviews

"A sobering piece of film."  – Film International

"The definitive artwork on migrant deaths." – Bill Simmons, University of Arizona Human Rights Practice Program

"Vital, empathetic and humane."  – La Estatuilla

"I was deeply affected by this film."  Unseen Films

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   Past Screenings

Texas Christian University

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Cinematters NY Social Justice Film Festival

Global Health Film Festival (England)

DOC NYC Film Festival

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

New Haven Docs Special Screening

Lost River Film Festival

United Nations Assoc. Film Festival

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival

Lake Worth Playhouse

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Dallas Docufest

  •  Feb. 26, 2021

  •  Feb. 2 - 8, 2021

  •  Jan. 14-18, 2021

  •  Dec. 1-6, 2020

  •  Nov. 11-19, 2020

  •  Nov. 13-21, 2020

  •  Nov. 13-15, 2020

  •  Nov. 6, 2020  AWARD WINNER!  

  •  Oct. 19, 2020

  •  Oct. 14-18, 2020

  •  Oct. 11, 2020  AWARD WINNER!  

  •  Oct. 9-17, 2020  AWARD WINNER!  

  •  Oct. 4, 2020

 

   Participants   

MOISES ZAVALA

has come to Brooks County to search for his missing cousin Juan who made the dangerous crossing from Mexico and was last seen at a local ranch. Moises won't leave Brooks County until he finds his young cousin.

OMAR ROMAN & MICHELLE CHINOS
have returned to Brooks County to find out what happened to Omar's brother, who went missing after fleeing from Border Patrol.

ALEX JARA

is a Border Patrol agent who goes out

on regular searches to find migrants

lost in the brush. He wonders aloud

about how to manage the emotional

toll his job takes on him. 

EDDIE CANALES

is a retired union organizer who came out of retirement to open the modest South Texas Human Rights Center to deal with the missing migrant crisis. Canales is the only humanitarian help available in Brooks County, and his phone never stops ringing with families desperate to find their missing loved ones. 

KATE SPRADLEY

is a biological anthropologist at Texas State University. With her team of graduate students and colleague Krista Latham, Kate is trying to process the scores of bodies which were recently found buried in mass graves in Brooks County. 

MICHAEL VICKERS

is a respected veterinarian and avid hunter who tracks and detains migrant trespassers on his land. He and his wife founded a paramilitary group that patrols ranches in South Texas. 

 

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Take Action

Learn more about Border Patrol's 'Prevention Through Deterrence' policy.

Write your representatives about the issue.

Donate to the South Texas Human Rights Center, which provides humanitarian aid to migrants lost in Brooks County.

 

   Filmmakers   

JEFF BEMISS

(CO-DIRECTOR, PRODUCER)

is an award-winning, Oscar-shortlisted writer/director who has worked in shorts, features and documentaries. His work has aired on network television and PBS. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California film school and the L.A. Sanford Meisner Academy. Jeff is a Connecticut Artist Fellow and a Film Independent Fast Track Fellow. He freelances for disability and social activist clients and has taught film at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

LISA MOLOMOT

(CO-DIRECTOR, PRODUCER)

 has directed and edited documentaries about the American Southwest in recent years including Precious KnowledgeThe Cleaners, and Soledad. She has also focused on stories about education. Her hugely popular film School's Out has been an integral part of the movement for providing outdoor education for young children, and her recent short film Teaching in Arizona is an inside look at the teaching crisis in that state.

JACOB BRICCA, A.C.E.

(EDITOR, PRODUCER)

is an award-winning documentary editor who has worked on over a dozen features, including Lost in La Mancha (IFC Films) and the 2016 Sundance award winner The Bad Kids, now streaming on Netflix. He last worked with Molomot on her feature The Hill, which was broadcast on PBS. A member of the American Cinema Editors, he is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona's School of Theatre, Film & Television.

Funders

Missing in Brooks County is funded by ITVS, Fork Films, and Engel Entertainment, with additional funding from Perspective Fund, the Arizona Commission on the Artsthe LEF Foundation, the University of Arizona Office of Research & Discovery, Human Rights POV,  UA Hanson Film Institute, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, MountainFilm, and the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts. Fiscal sponsorship by the International Documentary Association.

 

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