Lost Souls

Soon, in the pages of Latina, you will see something special we’re putting together, which touches on Latinos and the army. Sorry to be so vague— gotta keep you guessing! Until then, I highly recommend watching a documentary called Lost Souls, which premiered on PBS as part of the Emmy Award-winning "Independent Lens" anthology series (check local listings or PBS.org for show times). In case you miss it, it’ll also be available for purchase from PBS Home Video.

Filmmaker Monika Navarro tells the true story of her uncles, Gino and Augie, who served in the Army but were then deported from the United States to Mexico, forced to leave the only country they knew and, as servicemen, had pledged to protect. Along the way, she discovers the secrets of her family’s past. 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.

About Navarro: Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) is Monika Navarro’s first documentary film. It received support from the LEF Moving Image Fund, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the City of Ventura Humanities Council. Navarro produced Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) as a WGBH filmmaker-in-residence, and has screened the film at several festivals nationally, including the Boyle Heights Latina Film Festival, where she was given an award for best director. Navarro is a first-generation Mexican American who was raised in Southern California. By telling her family’s story, Navarro aims to humanize immigration policy issues. Navarro was festival director for the 2005 Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Video and Film Festival. She received her BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, and currently lives in Boston.