“Missing in Brooks County” Opening at DOC NYC Film Festival
RPJ is proud to support the film Missing in Brooks County, kicking off the opening line-up of the DOC NYC festival that runs through November 19. MIBC drills down to expose the reasons for the record high fatality rate in Brooks County, Texas, home of “the largest cemetery in the United States,” resulting from the fatal crossing by illegal Mexican immigrants trying to circumvent the state’s busiest interior immigration check-point, through a path leading them into a vast desert region without food, water or shelter, but with warring armed ranchers, trespassing human rights advocates, and sparse law enforcement. This captivating documentary humanizes the American border crisis by shadowing two families as they search for their missing children and the fates they discover. The documentary addresses the broader topic of US immigration policy and the practical impact on the thousands of unwitting adults and children who lose their lives attempting to cross this particular border, directed to their deaths by Mexican “coyotes” and hostile American factions once on the other side.
Congratulations to everyone associated with this important film, including our very own attorneys, Heidi Reavis and Michelle Lamardo. Heidi was also one of the Executive Producers of the film. RPJ is proud to add this connection to the DOC NYC festival, which our firm has sponsored in 2019 and 2020, in addition to Nicole Page and Michelle Lamardo having moderated a panel to rave reviews during DOC NYC PRO Day in October on “Who Tells the Story? Ethics in Documentary Production.”