A Thousand Pines
A Thousand Pines
A Thousand Pines
A Thousand Pines
A Thousand Pines

A Thousand Pines

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    • Directed by: Noam Osband & Sebastián Díaz
    • Released: 2024 (educational)
    • Year of Production: 2023
Running Time: 60 min
Language: English, Spanish
Subtitle Options: English Closed Captions
Subjects: Race Power and Privilege, Environmental Studies

A Thousand Pines shows the lives of migrants who depend on the controversial guest worker visa program, following a crew of workers from Oaxaca, Mexico over the course of a season planting trees throughout the United States. The crew struggles to balance the job’s physical demands and its extreme isolation while remaining connected to their families back home. As the season progresses, they become a small family, cooking and caring for each other in order to endure the punishing work. The film centers on the crew foreman, Raymundo Morales, who is in his 19th season working for the largest reforestation company in the US. When he began, he was single and had few responsibilities. Now, however, he must balance his obligations to his wife, his children, and his elderly mother with a heart condition, while also tending to the needs and emergencies of the planting crew. Spending only three months at home during the off-season, Raymundo’s job is both the family’s salvation and its heartbreak.

Official Selection at 2023 New York Latino Film Festival, 2022 Hot Springs Film Festival, 2023 Cinefest Latino Boston and the 2023 Buffalo International Film Festival
Best Documentary at the Alameda International Film Festival and the Buffalo International Film Festival

About the filmmaker 

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Sebastián Díaz Aguirre is a filmmaker and Emmy-awarded editor originally from Mexico. His short documentary Toñita’s premiered at MoMA Doc Fortnight. His award-winning documentary Brilliant Soil has screened internationally. Sebastián was a fellow of the 2020 Latino Media Market with A Thousand Pines. He sits on the board of UnionDocs, NYC.



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    Noam Osband is a filmmaker, radio producer, and anthropologist. His first feature was the nationally-broadcast film Adelante, and his documentary, The Radical Jew, won Best Short Doc at the Charlotte and Tallgrass Film Festivals.  He is also a radio and print journalist, whose bylines include The Atlantic, BBC4, Criminal, and Freakonomics Radio.


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