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In this powerful and poignant portrait of a Latino American family, award winning Youth Speaks poet Monica Mendoza tells the haunting story of how corporations continue to colonize the bodies of her culture and how to we can return to our roots.


Director: Jamie DeWolf Writer: Monica Mendoza Producer: Youth Speaks Key Cast: Monica Mendoza

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Oakland, California | USA

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2016 Grand Prize Winner




Jamie DeWolf, Director


JAMIE DEWOLF is a performer, filmmaker, and teaching artist from Oakland, CA. With a long ranging career began in his teens, Jamie first became known to Bay Area audiences as a performance poet, winning his first slam competition in 1999. Known for his fast paced mix of stand up, theater and hip hop, he went on to become the National Poetry Slam Champion, he Oakland and Berkeley Grand Slam Champion, NPR’s Snap Judgment “Performer of the Year”, and was a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, 60 Minutes, UPN and CBS. Awarded “Best Poet” of the Bay Area by the East Bay Express two years in a row, Jamie is also a mentor for Youth Speaks, the nation’s leading presenter of Spoken Word education. He’s performed and lead writing workshops at over 130 universities, high schools and juvenile detention centers across the U.S, and hosted the first-ever slam poetry competition at San Quentin Penitentiary. Read on for Jamie’s full bio.

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