Project Description

“From Our Roots (Desde Nuestras Raices)” documentary

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From Our Roots (Desde Nuestras Raices) is a short documentary produced by the Pan Valley Institute of the American Friends Service Committee and the PAR team. This documentary helps us see inside the process of immigrants’ integration into the new society and the cultural conflicts they encounter in the process.

The Central Valley is home to a large number of new immigrants and refugees. They are Latino, indigenous Mexican, Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, Pakistani, Iranian and many others. Even though they have made the Valley their home, others only see them as a problem or, worse yet, they are not seen as humans. Central Valley immigrants’ role in society is underestimated and their cultural practices are often misunderstood, stereotyped or criticized. Many don’t see the cultural talents and political experience they have to offer.