Heartbreak Country

The remains of thousands of undocumented immigrants lie undiscovered in the remote and inhospitable landscape of Brooks County, TX. The bodies that have been found were often buried in poorly marked graves, many interred in trash bags and other makeshift containers, a consequence of one of the poorest counties in the United States being overwhelmed by a migrant death crisis that has been unfolding for decades. Heartbreak Country explores attempts by the non-profit organization Operation Identification and the South Texas Human Rights Center to locate, exhume, and identify the dead from this heartbreaking humanitarian crises. The film also explores the search and recovery efforts of the Texas State Guard and the apprehension efforts of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit. Through interviews and observational footage, the film adds another important facet to the ongoing discussion about migrant issues and immigration reform in the United States.

  • Edward Tyndall
  • Edward Tyndall
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 30 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Doc Utah International Film Festival

    United States
    November 4, 2022
    Winner, DocUtah Film Festival
  • South Texas International Film Festival

    United States
    September 8, 2022
    Winner, Best Documentary
  • San Antonio Film Festival
  • Lost River Film Festival
  • Viva Texas Film Festival
  • Oaxaca Film Festival
  • DUMBO Film Festival
  • Bozeman International Film Festival
Director Biography - Edward Tyndall

Edward Tyndall’s award-winning films have screened at top international film festivals including the Tribeca and BFI London film festivals. His screenplays have won and placed at premiere screenwriting competitions including the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Denver Film Festival, the Oaxaca Film Festival, Cinequest and the Austin Film Festival’s Screenwriters Conference. His documentary work has aired on television in the US and Canada and has been distributed internationally.

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