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Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)

A Latina filmmaker chronicles her family's struggles with deportation, addiction and redemption.

Overview

Genre
Personal Doc, Minorities, and Social Issues
Synopsis

In 1999, two brothers were deported from the United States to Mexico. Within two weeks one of the brothers overdosed on heroin in a seedy Tijuana hotel room, his body unclaimed for two months in a mass grave. Raised in the U.S. since childhood and military vets, these men were deported from the only country they knew, and had sworn to protect, to forge new lives in Mexico.
Interviewing family members, and weaving together family photographs, letters, and veritè footage, an epic story emerges about an immigrant family with a dark history of abuse, addiction and resilience. What happens when a family confronts its past, and how they have survived despite the constraints imposed by and across the U.S. border, is the focus of this compelling and emotional documentary.

Stage
finished
Running time
60 minutes

Credits

  • Jason Mann ... Director of Photography
  • Monika Navarro ... Director / Producer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Monika Navarro Productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
6
Locations
Mexico, United States

Distribution Details

Release year
2010
Festivals
Cine Las Americas, Boston Latino Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Cinesol film Festival
Awards
Best Director - Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza
Distribution
Independent Lens
Broadcast (Acq.)
Independent Lens - PBS
Language
English, Spanish

Photos

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