The RiverRun International Film Festival kicks off the new year with the latest “Indie Lens Pop-Up” virtual screening, which takes place on January 4th at 7:00 pm.
Renewing with PBS NC, RiverRun will present the award-winning feature documentary Disappeared in Brooks County, a tense and timely examination of the plight of illegal immigrants, whose desperate attempts to cross the border into the United States can have fatal consequences. Since 1998, nearly 8,000 people have died in Brooks County, Texas alone.
The hour-long film, co-directed by cinematographer / producer Jeff Bemis and cinematographer / producer Lisa Molomot, focuses on two families searching for missing loved ones near Brooks County after to have crossed the border. In addition to the bureaucratic hassle, families also face racism and contempt from those in the community who adamantly oppose illegal immigration.
Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring local experts and advocates for immigration and immigration services, and members of the public are encouraged to ask questions and post comments via the virtual chat. This is a free event, but registration is required and can be done by registering at https://riverrunfilm.com/.
Regarding the current screening series, “we have been a partner of the Indie Lens Pop-Up series for a number of years and are honored to be part of a select group of nationwide screening partners. “said Rob Davis, Executive Director of RiverRun.
At the 2021 RiverRun festival, Disappeared in Brooks County won the Human Rights Award in the Feature Documentary Competition, and the film also won awards at the Ashland International Film Festival, Atlanta DocuFest, Doc. Boston Documentary Film Festival, Fargo Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Mystic Film Festival, Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, Ojai Film Festival, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, Thin Line Festival and Toronto Arthouse Film Festival.
The 24th RiverRun International Film Festival is scheduled to take place April 21-30, 2022. For more information on the free screening and other RiverRun events, visit https://riverrunfilm.com.
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