Independent Lens “Lost Souls” on WXXI-TV

Independent Lens “Lost Souls” on WXXI-TV

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 10:00pm

Pictured: Augie Garcia outside the boarding house where he lived in downtown Guadalajara, Mexico.

Credit: Jason Mann

Filmmaker Monika Navarro pieces together the tragic events that lead to her uncles' deportations.

In 1999, filmmaker Monika Navarro’s uncles were deported from the United States to Mexico, forced to leave the only country they knew and, as servicemen, had pledged to protect. Set against the backdrop of increased attention to the U.S.-Mexican border, “Lost Souls” explores national identity, the lives of immigrants and what happens after deportees are sent to a homeland they no longer consider home.

Independent Lens "Lost Souls" airs Tuesday, March 23 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) - moves from idyllic Southern California, where the Mexican-American filmmakers family has lived for more than four decades, to Mexico, piecing together the tragic events that lead to her uncles' deportations. Her camera in tow, Navarro interviewed her mother, uncles, and cousins opening a Pandora's Box of family secrets. Raised by a single mother, she reconnects with her absentee father and slowly pieces together an epic story about an immigrant family with a dark history of abuse, addiction, and abandonment - as well as a history of achievement and strength. Compelling and honest, Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) introduces viewers to a family willing to confront the secrets of its past and find ways to accept, forgive and forge ahead.