“My Journey Home” – a journey of American roots

Farmers Insurance in partnership with WETA, is proud to present a documentary entitled “My Journey Home,” on Wednesday April 7 at 9:00 p.m  on public television (check your local listings.) This two-hour documentary follows writer Faith Adiele, journalist Andrew Lam and brothers Armando and Carlos Peña as they travel to their ancestral homelands.  All have experienced conflicted childhoods, coming of age in an America that is grappling with the dramatic changes of new immigration and racial and cultural diversity. Their stories reveal biographies at turns thought-provoking, humorous and emotionally devastating.

The Pena brothers travel the Southwest to bring their mother Rosa’s ashes back to her hometown in the Rio Grande Valley on the U.S.-Mexican border.  Along the way, they try to understand her life and the disappearance of their father during “Operation Wetback,” the 1954 deportation of one million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, leaving their mother alone to raise five sons.

As a journalist, Andrew Lam has returned many times to the childhood home his family fled just days before the fall of Saigon.  But he could never bring himself to open the door and go inside.  As he returns to unlock the past, he also embarks on a search for the future as he encounters people whose lives are enmeshed in memories of war as well as the new generation born after 1975, and their shared and divergent views of what it means to be Vietnamese-American.

Writer Faith Adiele has published numerous works relating her experiences growing up as a Nigerian-Nordic-American in a small town in Washington state. Her works, which focus on the subjects of identity, culture, travel and spirituality, have appeared in Ms., Essence, O Magazine, and others. The title of her latest book captures the contradictions she lived as she searched and continues to search for her identity and place.  The book is scheduled for release in April, Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun.

My Journey Home is produced by WETA Washington, D.C. Corporate funding is provided by Farmers Insurance. Funding is also provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Latino Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by the Rockefeller Foundation and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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