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," Salinas Valley. With little support available at home, José often turns to his teacher Oscar Ramos. Once a migrant farm kid himself, Oscar was told by his forth grade teacher that if he worked hard he could have a different life. Oscar won a scholarship to the University of California, Berkley and 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 when they 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 is not only teaches his students reading, math and science - he gives them access to a world beyond their reach. José was born in Mexico, and he is 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 circumstances - of José and the many millions of undocumented kids like him. EAST OF SALINAS asks: What is lost when kids like José are denied opportunities?
Prisma: description coming soon.
R/C Reading Movies 11 and IMAX (View)
30 N. 2nd Street
Reading, PA 19602
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|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|