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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 53 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2015
Available in French: No

EAST OF SALINAS begins with 3rd grader José Anzaldo telling us what he wants to be when he grows up. His parents work from sun up to sun down in the heart of California's "Steinbeck Country," the Salinas Valley. With little support available at home, José often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, once a migrant farm kid himself. In fourth grade his teacher told him if he worked hard he could have a different life. Oscar won a scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley. The day he earned his degree, he bought a car and drove home to the fields. He's been teaching ever since.
José is Oscar's most gifted student. But how do you teach students like José who have no place to do their homework? How do you teach a kid who moves every few months? This is what Oscar is up against every day. Oscar not only teaches his students reading, math and science, he gives them access to a world beyond their reach.
But José was born in Mexico--and he's on the cusp of understanding the implications of that. As we watch this play out over three years, we begin to understand the cruelty of circumstance--for José and the many millions of undocumented kids like him.
EAST OF SALINAS asks, What is lost when kids like José are denied opportunities?  

DVD Features
DVD includes scene selection and SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

"Offers a no-frills look at this way of life...This is a must-have for libraries in agricultural areas. Students will see themselves in the film, and it will make others in the community aware of their circumstances." - Faythe Arredondo, School Library Journal


Nationwide Broadcast on PBS's "Independent Lens"

Screened at:
San Diego Latino Film Festival
Independent Film Festival Boston
Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival 



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