José Anzaldo is a bright, cheerful third-grader in Salinas, Calif. He loves school, he’s a whiz at math, and, like lots of little boys his age, he wants to be a firefighter when he grows up. He also entered the country illegally, and his parents are migrant farmworkers who harvest lettuce.
What will become of this promising young boy? That question drives East of Salinas, a documentary premiering Monday on PBS’s Independent Lens. It’s a story we rarely hear about the families who are helping to put vegetables on our dinner plates.