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In Adios Amor the discovery of forgotten photographs prompts a search for an unsung heroine—Maria Moreno, a tenacious woman who sacrificed everything but her twelve kids to organize California’s migrant farm workers fifty years ago. The one-hour broadcast documentary interweaves the filmmaker’s quest to find Maria with a time-traveling journey through the attics and archives of California’s agricultural belt.

Through the microcosm of a little known but remarkable migrant mother’s life, Adios Amor tells a story with national resonance about the migrant workers who put food on our tables, while exploring enduring questions about whose lives we remember, record and recognize.

Featuring the master photographs of George Ballis and Ernest Lowe, Adios Amor uncovers multiple layers of memorabilia, radio recordings, black & white movies, faded mimeographs, and the vivid memories of those who knew Maria.

Adios Amor is being developed in association with the Chicana/Latina Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships, professional development and leadership training for young Latinas/ Chicanas while emphasizing empowerment through personal storytelling. 

In development

Photo © George Ballis/Take Stock Images of Change

Adios Amor is made possible in part with support from:

The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation.

The California Council for the Humanities, an independent non-profit organization and a partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant.

National Endowment for the Humanities.