Among the hills, farms and cheese factories of West Marin, a small group of Latino photographers has carved out an artistic practice, and at the same time created a resilient community. Together, they form a powerful enclave of the Mexican diaspora in Point Reyes, California.
Many initiatives that aim to create solid communities fail due to the lack of constant organization. Dos Rivers, illustrates how a creative practice, such as photography, can succeed in cultivating the leaders who have as a project in their lives cohesive community. This documentary celebrates the growth and strength of a community that aims to provide social equity through creativity and respect for diversity.
The Latino Photography Project was a program originally designed to teach English, photography and computer science to Latina women at local ranches. The activity began in 2003 with the collective exhibition: "Who opens the doors of the town in the morning?". In this exhibition, students documented the ethnic and socioeconomic composition of the people who serve the businesses in the downtown area. Since then, new generations of photographers have emerged, they too have developed their own visual narrative.
This activity has led the Latino and Anglo communities to interact collaboratively in an artistic project, and to develop a human knowledge and a very deep understanding between one and another group.
The work that these photographers create (with the help of photography experts and volunteers) offers an intimate vision of their lives. The stories narrated visually about their families, their customs, their jobs and their experiences on the ranches, has made the whole community become one, amalgamated, where one and the other have integrated to the cultural customs of the other. They the traditional celebrations of both Mexican and regional culture. And not only share their food, their music and their dances, but participate, celebrating in everyday life, the recognition of the other and mutual appreciation.