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What qualities got Ramon from where he was to where he is today?” says Jesse Gift, producer and director of Ramon Rising. “If you ask him, he’ll tell you he was just lucky, that his second-grade teacher got him started on the idea of college and his fourth-grade teacher put him in the front row instead of where the Mexican kids sat in the back and told him he could do better. But I think it was his willingness not to give up.
GILROY — Dr. Ramon Resa’s earliest childhood memories aren’t of story time, bedtime cuddles or playgrounds. They’re of loneliness, a grumbling, hungry belly, nights in shacks and endless bus rides to agricultural fields across the Central Valley, where he picked crops since the age of 3.
“My whole life I just remember one field after another,” he said. “Grape fields, oranges… just being totally isolated and alone, even though I had tons of family members.” click to read the article
Jesse Gift’s documentary short, “CALL to ADVENTURE” now licensed to powerhouse network KCET
KCET is available in 33 million households via DIRECTV and DISH Network, 5.6 million households on KCET in Southern California and 150 cable systems in 11 counties.
“CALL TO ADVENTURE” aired on “SOCAL CONNECTED,” for the first time and has repeat airings for several more years. SOCAL CONNECTED is the home of multiple prestigious journalism awards : 17 L.A. Area Emmy Awards, 19 Golden Mikes, a George Foster Peabody Award, 3 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and 2 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
“CALL TO ADVENTURE” | ORIGINAL VERSION
The story of a powerful “Rite of Passage” retreat that aims to help inner-city boys break the cycle of gangs and poverty.
Hosted By Author, Multiple Emmy® Recipient LeVar Burton