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  • Explore the impact of deportation set against the increased attention to the U.S.-Mexican border.

    Explore the impact of deportation set against the increased attention to the U.S.-Mexican border.

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  • “Before we could recover his body, Gino had been buried in an unmarked grave in Mexico.”

    “Before we could recover his body, Gino had been buried in an unmarked grave in Mexico.”

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  • “I feel more established, my feet solid on the ground, but it’s because I’ve accepted that this is it.”

    “I feel more established, my feet solid on the ground, but it’s because I’ve accepted that this is it.”

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  • “When my grandfather drank, he would beat Augie so hard at times that blood would spatter the walls.”

    “When my grandfather drank, he would beat Augie so hard at times that blood would spatter the walls.”

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  • Filmmaker Monika Navarro ponders the meaning of "home" in a family affected by deportation.

    Filmmaker Monika Navarro ponders the meaning of "home" in a family affected by deportation.

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  • Augie Garcia outside the boarding house where he lived in downtown Guadalajara, Mexico

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

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  • Augie Garcia and filmmaker Monika Navarro catch up in Parque Morelos, Guadalajara, México

    Augie Garcia and filmmaker Monika Navarro catch up in Parque Morelos, Guadalajara, México

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  • Augie Garcia riding a city bus in downtown Guadalajara, México

    Augie Garcia riding a city bus in downtown Guadalajara, México

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  • Augie Garcia looks north to the U.S. border from his residence in Tijuana, México

    Augie Garcia looks north to the U.S. border from his residence in Tijuana, México

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  • Erica and Alex Garcia pose for their wedding portrait

    Erica and Alex Garcia pose for their wedding portrait

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  • Gaby Navarro-Busch at her office

    Gaby Navarro-Busch at her office

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  • Gino Garcia peeks behind a bush as his sister Gaby smiles behind him in their 8mm home movie

    Gino Garcia peeks behind a bush as his sister Gaby smiles behind him in their 8mm home movie

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The Film

Augie and Gino were living the American dream. Raised and educated in the United States since childhood, they were also proud veterans of the U.S. military. But in 1999, these two brothers were forced to leave the only country they’d ever known — and one they’d sworn to protect. Deported to Mexico by the U.S. government, they had to start over and forge new lives in an unfamiliar “homeland.”

Within two weeks, one of the brothers overdosed on heroin in a Tijuana hotel room. His body was left unclaimed for two months in a mass grave. In Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas), filmmaker Monika Navarro travels to Mexico and pieces together the tragic events of her uncles’s deportation, opening a Pandora’s box of family secrets.

Against the backdrop of increased attention to the U.S.-Mexican border, Lost Souls draws on the Navarro family’s experience to explore national identity, migration, and what happens after deportees are sent to a homeland they don't even consider home. From idyllic Southern California — where the filmmaker’s Mexican American family has lived for more than four decades — to her uncles’s birthplace of Guadalajara, the film delves into the history that led to Augie and Gino’s deportations.

Featuring interviews with family members and weaving together family photographs, letters, and vérité footage, Lost Souls is an epic story about an immigrant family with a complex history of abuse, addiction, and resilience. This compelling and personal documentary reveals what happens when a family confronts its past, and how its members have survived despite both physical and emotional forms of loss and exile.

The Filmmaker

  1. Monika NavarroProducer/Director