José is an excellent student with a bright future except that he is undocumented, the child of migrant farm laborers in California's Salinas Valley. East of Salinas asks, what is lost when kids like José are denied opportunities?
"I cannot think of a more timely intervention than this moving, humanizing portrait of a child, his family, and his teacher. East of Salinas illuminates not only the struggles and hopes of undocumented immigrants, but also the problems of a nation whose policies divide families and limit the opportunities of our youth...This film will spark many conversations and insights."
Kevin Kumashiro, Dean and Professor, School of Education, University of San Francisco, Author, Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture
"A thought-provoking documentary that puts a human face to the raging national debate over undocumented immigration and 'illegal aliens'...It tells of the unsung heroes in our schools, such as dedicated teacher Oscar Ramos, the child of farmworkers himself, who now works to help his students, the children of farmworkers, achieve the American dream."
Kevin R. Johnson, Dean, UC Davis School of Law, Co-Editor, ImmigrationProf Blog, Author, Opening the Floodgates? Why America Needs to Rethink Its Border and Immigration Laws
"East of Salinas is powerful, educational, heartrending, inspirational and unforgettable. It moves hearts and minds - a must for students, teachers, and the general public."
Francisco Jiménez, Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, Santa Clara University, Author, Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University