“Along the southern desert border in Arizona, it is estimated that only one out of every five missing migrants are ever found. Águilas is the story of one group of searchers, the Aguilas del Desierto. Once a month these volunteers—construction workers, gardeners, domestic laborers by trade—set out to recover the missing, reported to them by loved ones often thousands of miles away. Amidst rising political repression and cartel violence, as well as the eternal difficulties of travel in the Sonoran Desert, the Aguilas carry out their solemn task.
Águilas lays bare the tragic reality of migrant death by venturing deep into the wilderness of the borderlands. The desert is a vast cemetery where the bodies and dried bones of migrants lie exposed under the scorching sun. In a world where efforts to humanize the migrant experience often get lost within the statistics and headlines, this documentary provides an observational and poetic response to one of the most pressing issues of our time, undocumented immigration and the hardships of the border crossing experience.” -Aguilas
The District Categories: Niche (worth the watch for those interested in the topic), Worth It (worth your time), Classic (one of the best examples of the documentary genre), Skip It (not worth your time)
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|Awards:||Grand Jury Short Documentary Nominee (AFI Docs Festival), Best Mini Doc Winner (Big Sky Documentary Film Festival), Best Short Documentary Winner (Charlotte Film Festival), Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking Nominee (Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US), Best Short Film Nominee (Denver International Film Festival), Best Director – Short Winner (DOC LA), IDA Award Best Short Nominee (International Documentary Association), Best Live-Action Short Winner (Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival), Best Documentary Short Winner (Nashville Film Festival), Best Documentary Short Nominee, HP Bridging the Borders Award Nominee, Local Jury Award Nominee (Palm Springs International ShortFest), Best Documentary Short Winner (San Antonio CineFestival), Grand Jury Documentary Short Winner (SXSW Film Festival)|
|Where To Stream:||PBS|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score ™:||N/A|
|Director:||Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Maite Zubiaurre|
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