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
Weaving w-Spanish Threads: an Immigrant's Tale-MID
PLEASE NOTE: if you live in Sacramento, CA., please do not purchase before April 2021, due to film festival rules. This is on the honor system; please conform to it. Thanks.
"Weaving with Spanish Threads: an Immigrant's Tale," tells the story of a little-known immigration of Spaniards who came to the United States in the early 20th century. Their impact was much greater than their numbers might suggest. For example, they were directly responsible for the United States and for Spain to pass their respective first laws regulating immigration. The documentary, however, focuses on the immigrants as individuals- making the long journey from their impoverished homeland; working as manual laborers for long hours and low pay first in Hawai'i then in California; dealing with the language barrier; putting down roots; saving up enough to purchase a home. They were survived by children who still live in California and proudly remember their heritage.
Produced and directed by Eve A. Ma of Palomino Productions, this version is priced to be accessible to public libraries, community organizations, and schools grades K-12. We revised the original version in 2020 to add more historical photographs and the like.
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...