Born to Mexican immigrant parents in Upstate New York, Antonio is a 21 year old Film Production Major at Loyola Marymount University, looking to use storytelling as a means to bear witness and help work through divides in our society.
This is my first-ever narrative film. I am a film student in Los Angeles but I am from California’s central valley, possibly the most agriculturally productive region on earth. This region’s bounty however is made possible by the work of those in the fields. Mexican-origin Migrants, the poorest population in America, are what make the billion-dollar agriculture industry possible. This story is about the children of those workers. I am from a migrant worker background myself; my parents are Mexican immigrants. I knew I wanted to tell the story of these kids, like myself, who are caught between Mexico and America, who grow up with little yet whose parents feed everyone. Our roots are in rootlessness and I wanted to give that sort of childhood a voice on screen. This is an incredibly personal film, based on my own experiences, made with a crew of film school friends from Los Angeles, a cast of relatives and friends from migrant backgrounds and shot entirely in Yolo County, CA, the place I grew up. The school location is my actual school, the household of the characters is the home of one of the actors, the migrant camp shown is the Madison Migrant Center. I share all of this to let the viewer know that this is as authentic a window into the lives of migrant children in small town California as I could provide. It serves a bit as a window into my own life as well. I hope you enjoy and am very grateful for any interest that this may provoke in the stories of migrant workers and California’s Central Valley.