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VIDEO: Calavera Highway

Yesterday was the broadcast premier of the PBS award-winning documentary, “Calavera Highway”.

The seven sons of Rosa Peña, a migrant worker and single mother, were raised in Texas border towns in Hidalgo County, the poorest county in the United States. She worked hard, had two husbands — she chased off the second one with a knife when he beat one of the boys — and instilled in her sons a strong sense of family and ethnic pride. With Rosa’s death her grown sons were left adrift. As recounted in the award-winning new documentary Calavera Highway, by filmmakers Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin? P.O.V. 1989) and Evangeline Griego, Rosa’s funeral and cremation brought the boys together — and tore them apart again.

And be sure to check out Kyle de Beauset’s review at Alternet as well.

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