Former Tucson Weekly intern Austin Counts has directed a film about immigration and the repatriation of deceased migrants to Mexico filming at the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office and Sonora, Mexico. The film is scheduled to be released in 2012, but the trailer is available now.
A description of the film from Counts:
Each year, the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office recovers hundreds of deceased migrants from Southern Arizona's Sonoran Desert.
ML-1215: Identify the Unidentified takes you on a journey into the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office, as the staff attempts to identify one migrant found in the desert and repatriate the remains back to his home.
The documentary also takes you to migrant shelters and Santa Muerte shrines along the Arizona-Sonora border; to survey the newly constructed border fence in Nogales, Ariz. with the U.S. Border Patrol; to a Northern Mexico town whose economy depends on migration; and ride along with a humanitarian aid organization that maintains water stations in desert for crossing migrants.
Experience how migrants prepare and cross the Sonoran Desert into the United States, and what happens to the ones who don't make it.
Learn more about the film at its Facebook page.