Journalist and Global Health Film Advisory Board member Anita Makri caught up with co-directors Jeff Bemiss and Lisa Molomot to find out more about the background to Missing In Brooks County - and some exciting plans for the future. The replay is below:
Missing in Brooks County (2020)
Directed by Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss, 81 mins
70 miles north of the Mexican-US border lies Brooks County, Texas - a haunting, inhospitable place where thousands of immigrants have gone missing or died over the past decade.
Missing in Brooks County follows the journey of two families who arrive in Brooks County to look for their loved ones, only to find a mystery that deepens at every turn. Stuck between the jurisdiction of border agents,local law enforcement, and cartels, the county is a barren landscape designed as a deterrent to illegal crossings.
Despite this tactical designation, the municipality has never been provided the resources to process the remains of the hundreds of undocumented immigrants who succumb to dehydration and exposure each year.
Missing in Brooks County is a potent reminder that these deaths are more than a number - each represents a human being, one who was loved and lived and is now lost.
The panel discussion after the screening was moderated by Fawzia Gibson-Fall, Global Health Film Advisory Board member. Fawzia was joined by Jeff Bemiss, co-director Missing in Brooks County and two of the film's protagonists: Dr Kate Spradley, biological anthropologist, and Omar Roman-Gomez, brother of a missing person. Here's the replay: