America ReFramed: Como Vivimos (How We Live) (World, Thursday, June 13, 2024)

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The documentary film Como Vivimos (How We Live), airing as part of America ReFramed on Thursday June 13, explores the lives of Mexican-American youth living in farmworker family housing in California’s Central Valley. These students and their families experience an annual, state-mandated displacement, uprooting their lives and education. The film follows them over a year, capturing their resilience and aspirations.

California’s migrant family housing centers offer affordable housing for farmworking families during the growing season. However, come winter, a unique challenge arises: families must vacate their homes and move at least 50 miles away for at least three months. This disruption has a significant impact on the education of the children, as many families opt to pull them out of school and move out of state or even to Mexico during the off-season.

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The film highlights the stories of residents, many of whom are California-born and grandchildren of Bracero farmworkers. Despite their deep roots and contributions to the state’s culture and economy, they are caught in a cycle of annual moves that disrupt their education and limit their economic opportunities.

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Como Vivimos (How We Live) airs on World, Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 8:00 PM.

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