RAMON RISING is the story of an abandoned Mexican American boy forced into full-time agricultural labor to survive. His journey from farmworker boy to pediatrician is one of the most important, timely and inspiring stories of human potential audiences will encounter. Dr. Resa’s life convincingly debunks stereotypes and myths based in race, culture, and language concerning the intelligence, aptitude, and motivation of migrant workers who come to America in search of a better life. His story testifies to the universal truth that every child (including an abandoned Mexican American boy with a speech impediment, no family, and zero resources) has the potential to become a valuable, contributing member of our society.
I met Dr. Resa nearly a dozen years ago at a National Speakers Association event for authors and speakers to learn to pitch their story to national news media. I was a member of a media panel which included an editor from The Huffington Post, myself and a few other representatives from online publications. Dr. Resa was an audience member at the event and during the Q&A time he stood up and asked me if I thought “My Journey from Farmworker Boy to Pediatrician” was a good headline to pitch to a national TV news outlet.
Over the last couple of decades I’ve covered hundreds of news stories which touched on a wide variety of issues. None of them prepared me for this question from Dr. Resa. A child agriculture worker becoming a doctor sounded totally impossible. As he told me more about his journey I realized this was a story that must to be told to the entire world. It’s inspiring, timely and critically important in our society right now.
I passionately believe RAMON RISING audience members of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds will leave theaters encouraged, energized and absolutely certain they too can change their lives, their communities and the world for the better. | Jesse Gift | Executive Producer, Writer/Director of RAMON RISING
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CONTACT: Diane Wagner, Executive Producer | Diane@RamonRising.Film