A Thousand Pines
Directors/Producers: Sebastian Diaz Aguirre/Noam Osband
Genre: Documentary
Program Length: 60 min
Premiere Date: April 1, 2024
An Independent Lens and VOCES Co-Presentation

A Thousand Pines shows the lives of migrants who depend on the controversial H-2B guest worker visa program, following a crew of workers from Oaxaca, Mexico over the course of a season planting trees throughout the United States. The crew struggles to balance the job’s physical demands and its extreme isolation while remaining connected to their families back home. As the season progresses, they become a small family, cooking and caring for each other in order to endure the punishing work. The film centers on the crew foreman, Raymundo Morales, who is in his 19th season working for the largest reforestation company in the US. When he began, he was single and had few responsibilities. Now, however, he must balance his obligations to his wife, his children, and his elderly mother with a heart condition, while also tending to the needs and emergencies of the planting crew. Spending only three months at home during the off-season, Raymundo’s job is both the family’s salvation and its heartbreak.

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