Jose and Mr. Ramos: The Dreamer

A follow-up to East of Salinas, The Dreamer revisits Jose Ansaldo, a bright, optimistic kid about to graduate from middle school in Salinas, California, the nation’s “salad bowl.” His single mother is a farmworker who struggles to support Jose and his siblings. Jose does well in school and dreams of going to college to become an engineer, but he and other promising students like him now face the threat of deportation. Produced by Jackie Mow and Laura Pacheco.

Part of Independent Lens‘s commitment to fostering collaboration between filmmakers and journalists, Jose and Mr. Ramos: The Dreamer was originally published by USA Today.