A short film about a first-generation Mexican-American discovering her place in the outdoors.
"My parents came to the United States searching for the American dream. They didn’t know what it would look like, they didn’t know if they were even going to get there. They just wanted a job and education for the kids."
Like many first-generation immigrants born in the Hood River Valley, Yesenia's first home was one-room orchard cabin.Her father, Francisco, has worked an orchard job for her entire life. His steady income put her through Oregon State University, and Yesenia now works in public health. Despite growing up on a farm surrounded by mountains, Yesenia didn't know how to access or prepare for the outdoors until college.
We spent a month filming the Castros in their home and around the orchard where Francisco is the mechanic. In late April 2018 we climbed Mt. St. Helens with Yesenia and two of her three brothers. It was their first time camping on snow and summiting an alpine peak.
Presenting partner: REI
Story Design + Cinematography: Michael and David Hanson
Editor: Mark Bashore // Plains of Yonder
Aerial Cinematography: Andy Maser
Colorist: George Costakis // Piñata Post
Sound mix: Scott Avery // Cloud9 Music
Behind the scenes shots: Preparing a Zacatecas-style barbacoa; filming in Parkdale, OR; filming near the Castro's first home.