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Story Publication logo December 7, 2018

Winny Contreras: The Long Commute

Screenshot from "Guanajuato Norte," a film produced by Ingrid Holmquist and Sana Malik. United States, 2018.

Every year, men from Mexico travel to work on farms in Connecticut, leaving behind families and...

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Winny Contreras has lived and worked on the same farm in Connecticut for the last 24 years with men who are from his hometown in Guanajuato, Mexico. Before him, his father also crossed the border to find work, and people in the town continue to leave their homes to support their families. As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests at the border increase, workers who are undocumented have resorted to staying at the farm for years without going home to see their families. Winny has missed major moments in his children’s lives in exchange for providing them a future so that they won’t have to make the same sacrifice. Guanajuato Norte is an intimate portrayal of what it looks like on the other side of that sacrifice: the families left behind as their loved ones help them achieve their dreams.



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