Ánimas perdidasAugie Garcia with USA flag
Lost Souls

Monika Navarro
Mexico/USA, Drama, 2008
57 min, MiniDV/Hi8/8mm, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


In 1999, two brothers were deported from the United States to Mexico. Within two weeks, one of them overdosed on heroin in a seedy Tijuana hotel room, his body left unclaimed for two months in a mass grave. These U.S.-raised men, military veterans, were deported from the only country they knew—and had sworn to protect—to forge new lives in Mexico. Against the backdrop of increased attention to the U.S.-Mexico border, filmmaker Monika Navarro draws on her family’s experience to explore national identity and ties, the lives of immigrants, and what happens after deportees are sent to a homeland they don’t consider home.



Mature audiences

MACC, Friday April 24, 7 PM

Director Monika Navarro in attendance




Monika Navarro is a Filmmaker-in-Residence at WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts. Ánimas perdidas is her first documentary film, funded in part by an Emerging Artist’s Grant from the City of Ventura Cultural Council for the Humanities. Monika is a first-generation Mexican-American and was raised in Southern California.

Producer: Monika Navarro
Screenwriter: Monika Navarro
Cinematographer: Jason Mann
Editor: Sabrina Zanella-Foresi
Music: Jeremy Flower