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Directed by Russ Finkelstein

Our Home Is Not Of This World (working title) is a portrait of a medical examiner’s office in South Texas that works to identify people who die while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Dr. Corrine Stern has been doing this vital work for more than 20 years and is now planning to retire, but the county government can’t seem to find anyone willing to replace her. Her departure is made more fraught by an unprecedented influx of new cases, as more people die trying to cross the border than at any time in history.

About the director: Russ Finkelstein was born and raised in San Diego, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, he lived and worked as a journalist in Argentina and Colombia, producing several documentaries on social and political issues. Russ received a master's at Columbia Journalism School, where he specialized in documentary filmmaking. In 2018, his first feature-length documentary, 'Looking for Love' premiered at the American Documentary Film Festival. Russ lives in New York, where he works as a producer for CNN.

Laredo Film Society supported this project by connecting the director/producer with local crew and access to a production office while in town.

STATUS: in development


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