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Parents of the year

Author: James D Scurlock; David Baum; Cinema Guild.
Publisher: New York : Distributed by Cinema Guild, 2005.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Each night Rogelio and Yolanda Garcia, immigrants from Mexico, begin their "jobs" digging through dumpsters and garbage cans in search of plastic bottles, glass and aluminum cans. Yolanda has endured this work, rain or shine, for twenty years, after she lost her job in an INS Raid; Rogelio has worked since 1993, when he was fired from his job as a dishwasher. When Yolanda began she would hide her head in the trash  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Short films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: James D Scurlock; David Baum; Cinema Guild.
OCLC Number: 72464545
Language Note: In English and Spanish with English subtitles and translation.
Notes: Originally released in 2004.
Additional credits from producers' website.
Credits: Edited by David Baum ; photographed by Jon Aaseng ; music by Coati Mundi Hernandez.
Performer(s): Voice-over, Lupe Ontiveros.
Description: 1 videodisc (21 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-R.
Responsibility: produced by James Scurlock ; [co-directors, James D. Scurlock, David Baum].
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Each night Rogelio and Yolanda Garcia, immigrants from Mexico, begin their "jobs" digging through dumpsters and garbage cans in search of plastic bottles, glass and aluminum cans. Yolanda has endured this work, rain or shine, for twenty years, after she lost her job in an INS Raid; Rogelio has worked since 1993, when he was fired from his job as a dishwasher. When Yolanda began she would hide her head in the trash whenever she saw another person from her hometown. But her shame was trumped by the dream of sending her children to college. The film showcases the remarkable feat accomplished by the Garcias, and explores the consequences of pursuing and achieving the American Dream.

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Parents of the Year

(EMRO user published 2005-07-07 ) Very Good Permalink
Though the title is plural, the focus here is really on a devoted mother, Yolanda Garcia, a Mexican-American who works incredibly hard to give her children a better life, even at the expense of her own. Every night for the past two decades, she and her h

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