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Weaving with Spanish Threads: an Immigrant's Tale (revised 2020)

This is a substantially revised version of my documentary about immigrants who arrived in the United States near the beginning of the 20th century. Our immigrants came from Spain, but faced many of the same trials as other immigrant groups. And when we met our "star," immigrant Francisco Pérez, at 98 years old full of stories, we new we had a winner. Pérez and the other interview subjects, supplemented by on-location footage from Spain, Hawaii, and California, tell of leaving the motherland, the long voyage across the ocean, the years spent working mostly as farm laborers first in Hawaii and then in California, where they settled permanently. In California, they raised their children and in the process, almost all managed to acquire their own some cases, like Pérez himself, built with their own hands.

  • Eve A. Ma
    Masters of Rhythm: the Afro-Peruvian Way; Flamenco: the Land Is Still Fertile; Domino: Caught in the Crisis
  • Eve A. Ma
    SEE ABOVE (directors)
  • Francisco Pérez
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Television
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 12, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Spain, United States
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Director Biography - Eve A. Ma

Eve A. Ma has worked in video-film for over 10 years.
She has produced and directed over 20 programs.
Her work has aired over PBS stations in the United
States, been included in festivals in six countries
(United States, Germany France, Spain, India and
Indonesia) and was projected in an official UNESCO
event in Athens, Greece

Ma’s work has been reviewed in industry publications such as Video Librarian, Multicultural Review, and Educational Media Reviews On-line (EMRO). Although best known for her documentaries, Ma has also created several experimental shorts and one feature-length drama. Her work is informed by her prior careers as history professor, practicing lawyer, and non-profit administrator – and by her flamenco dancing. She produces in Spanish and English.

For more information, look in Who´s Who in the World, where she is listed under her formal name, L. Eve Armentrout Ma.

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