"I grew up working in the lettuce fields": What it's like as a migrant farmworker in Central California

This is the story of a very special undocumented boy and his third grade teacher

Published December 21, 2015 4:49PM (EST)

Jose Anzaldo – a migrant child (Kate Schermerhorn)
Jose Anzaldo – a migrant child (Kate Schermerhorn)

This preview of new documentary "East of Salinas" follows third grader Jose Ansaldo and teacher Oscar Ramos over three years: the boy is full of energy, smarts, and potential, while his teacher is determined to give back to a new generation of migrant children.

The indie documentary takes place in the heart of California’s “Steinbeck Country,” the Salinas Valley and illuminates the lives of migrant workers through Ansaldo and Ramos' story.

With parents who are busy working long hours in the fields, Ansaldo often turns to his teacher for guidance. But Ansaldo is undocumented; he was born in Mexico. Like many other migrant children, he is beginning to understand the situation — and the opportunities that may be lost to him through no fault of his own.

"East of Salinas" airs on many PBS station on Monday, Dec. 28 at 10 pm. Check local listings.

Laura Pacheco and Jackie Mow are the filmmakers. The short is edited by Sowjanya Kudva and produced by Stephen Talbot. Executive Producer for Independent Lens: Lois Vossen.

By Ingrid Lee

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By Stephen Talbot

Stephen Talbot is a producer for ITVS / Independent Lens, based in San Francisco.

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