Missing In Brooks County
Missing In Brooks County brings awareness of the struggle forensic scientists face while trying to identify migrants that have been buried in different cemeteries in Brooks County, Texas. Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss go deep to show how poorly the government has handled deceased bodies with no identities.
Two families arrive in Brooks County, Texas to look for their loved ones who went missing after crossing into the country from Mexico. On their search they meet vigilante ranchers, human smugglers, humanitarian activists, and Border Patrol agents, all of whom are locked in a proxy version of the national immigration debate. They also discover a sobering truth: the deadliest part of the journey was far from the border. A gripping investigative documentary, Missing in Brooks County is a portrait of a place that confronts the life-and-death consequences of a broken immigration system.
Lisa Molomot is a producer, director and cinematographer. She has used her knowledge to focus on stories about education like she’s done in School’s Out and Teaching In Arizona. Her work has also been seen in other documentaries like The Hills, The Cleaners, Soledad and recently in Safe Haven. Currently she teaches at James E. Rogers School of Law at the University of Arizona.
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Jeff Bemiss is a graduate of the University of Southern California film school and L.A. Sanford Meisner Academy. He has also worked in documentaries. The Book and the Rose was a semifinalist for theAcademy Awards for best short film. Some of his work like Rite of Winters, Recovering Lives and Dream House has been seen on network television and PBS.
I was connected with the filmmakers Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss via Zoom to talk about Missing In Brooks County. They both discussed what drew them to want to work together and how they felt the more they got involved. Molomot expressed how upsetting these circumstances are and how much our government has failed to do things right.
Missing In Brooks County will be available in theaters August 18, 2021