As a child, we traveled a lot and when I was a teenager, we lived in France for a year. Ever since then, I've been interested in other cultures and creating bridges between cultures. My videos are a reflection of these interests, plus I love of music and dance and believe the arts are a wonderful way to communicate our differing values. When I decided to turn to become a filmmaker (after three earlier careers including several years as a history professor), it was natural for me to create work focused on different cultures, and on the arts. After all, learning about others can be a great pleasure, and opens doors to different ways of doing things. I hope my work brings as much pleasure to you as it has to me. Eve A. Ma
"[A] 'must-see' for any serious student of immigration, plantation life, and the nature of historical storytelling."
Prof. John P. Rosa, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
"...a lively hour's worth of forgotten history."
David Weinstein, Pres. El Cerrito (CA) Historical Society
From the fields of Spain to the plantations of Hawai'i to the orchards (and salt works, mines, vineyards...) of California. This one hour documentary tells the story of a little-known immigration of the early to mid-20th century. Its star, 98-year old Francisco Pérez, is full of stories and watching the video is, like one person put it, "hearing my grandfather speak again."
With shots of Spain, Hawaii and California; with a story supplemented by photos and other people from the Spanish immigrant community; hearing about dealing with the language barrier and the customs of the New World ... this is a story for the 98% of us who are descended from people who braved the odds to make a new life in a new country.
Weaving with Spanish Threads: an Immigrant's Tale (revised 2020)
From the fields of southern Spain to the plantations of Hawai'i to the orchards of California, Francisco Pérez and friends tell their story. This little-known immigration from Spain to the United States in the early 20th century mirrored many other waves of immigrants but had its own special twi...