Thoughts

  1. Great Idea. Great goal. Amazing stories very well done. Thank you!   These documentaries are a gift to Pittsburgh and…

  2. Thank you so much for sharing Shelbin Santos interview with me! The amazing thing is that she looks so common…

  3. I really love the Mexico José one! The storytelling feels intimate, organic, and deep. I felt like growing into a…

  4. Shelbin Santos is such a great person someone that always worked hard for her goals and never gave up. She…

  5. Idario, thank you for sharing the hardships and successes of your journey to the USA. I am sure that this…

10 thoughts on “Thoughts

  1. New realities transform settled, rusty, values, opening new understandings of existential knowledge. That is the process that every new wave of immigrants have been through in this country. The essential dynamic force of the USA is that constant process of immigration-assimilation that expands the creative consciousness of its culture. Like Frank Lloyd Wright buildings: expansion and contraction, expansion and contraction… Like giving birth, that is the rhythm of this life… Our role in this project is to expand.

  2. As we publish on several social media sites, see some comments about Jose Maria Ochoa’s video:

    “An inspiring story told by a sensitive and insightful young man who has found a way to live a full life in Pittsburgh while preserving his ties with his family in Mexico. We need more positive accounts like these so that those who immigrate here can also find their “inner light.” Gracias, Jose! (Nan Newell)

    “As an immigrant myself it resonated strongly with me, though as a white European I know my experience and life here will never be as difficult as others.” (Sam Burns).

    “Take a moment to watch this video and find hope through this human story so many can relate to / Toma un momento para ver este video y encontrar esperanza a través de una historia humana con la que muchos pueden identificarse.” (Christian Poloni).

    “Una lección de vida este chico . And you are an honest documentary filmmaker ! 🙏❤️ Thanks” (Gioconda Perez Snyder)

    “Great work!” (Veronica Szabo)

  3. Idario, thank you for sharing the hardships and successes of your journey to the USA. I am sure that this is only a small sampling of all that you have had to endure; moving to a new country on a moments notice, not knowing the language or having a social support group. All for the love of a young child who needed immediate medical attention. It is riveting to have your story made available for all to see. Congratulations to you, your wife, your sons and the amazing medical community and all others who have helped to make your life, away from Brazil, as promising as possible. Immigration can be a beautiful thing! — Scott Palubiak

  4. Shelbin Santos is such a great person someone that always worked hard for her goals and never gave up. She is a great example of what first generation immigrants must do when they find themselves in an unfamiliar culture, she assimilated but also saw the need to introduce part of her culture to the society where she found herself submerged, and food was the best way for her to let people know about her background her culture and to share the delicious food she grew up with. When looking for a great meal you can’t go wrong with Chicken Latino.

    Shelbin Santos es una gran persona, alguien que siempre trabajó duro por sus objetivos y nunca se rindió. Ella es un gran ejemplo de lo que deben hacer los inmigrantes de primera generación cuando se encuentran en una cultura desconocida, asimiló pero también vio la necesidad de introducir parte de su cultura en la sociedad donde se encontraba sumergida, y la comida era la mejor manera de ella para que la gente sepa sobre su pasado, su cultura y para compartir la deliciosa comida con la que creció. Cuando buscas una buena comida, no puedes equivocarte con Chicken Latino.

    Henry Acosta

  5. I really love the Mexico José one! The storytelling feels intimate, organic, and deep. I felt like growing into a full human being with him in these couple of minutes and the feeling stays with me. The different pieces in the story don’t seem to be organized by any dramatic events or chronological order, but seem to be integrated organically by the ideals and vision Jose and the storyteller want to share. He doesn’t have to say America or Pittsburgh is/was a good place to be; nor does he need to say he loves America or Pittsburgh– Its all there. The inspiring message is that he is still connected to his home, which amazingly is shown as the ending message of the video (wow). –Yun ChaseDream

  6. Thank you so much for sharing Shelbin Santos interview with me! The amazing thing is that she looks so common and talked so naturally, but under that there is a very strong character with clear personal messages (“pushing will”, “follow your passion”, “take risks”, “work hard”) and convincing messages about immigration culture and Pittsburgh environment. Also, the whole presentation (videos, photos, sound) is very colorful and vivid. I feel like energized by drinking a freshly made made juice 🙂 Thank you for keeping looking for a solution and showing hope 🙂

  7. Great Idea. Great goal. Amazing stories very well done. Thank you!  
    These documentaries are a gift to Pittsburgh and everyone. Bravo! Beatriz and all who made this happen keep on. So fortunate and grateful to be in your kind, creative and giving orbit’s. My heart just grew and stress reduced. Connecting as human beings while on your own path…how valuable these ideas/tools are to build a community on. – Erin O’Neill

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