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McFarland, USA [Movie]

An inspiring 'Si Se Puede' 1987 story shows migrant students (California farm town) who, against all odds, forge a sports team and rise to the State's first championship.

“This is a farming town. These kids working here are invisible. They come from the fields and they go back to the fields". The boys run into a series of issues on and off the track but learn to band together to prevail". 

Despite their economically challenged community, the high school's new P.E. coach sees a bright talent in their raw running skills, and joins their fight to overcome society's economic + cultural odds.

The movie's importance deals with social issues that are a reality for many Latino children who are migrant workers. The movie aims to not only highlight the difficulties that some Latino families and their children face on a socio-economic front, but also on a cultural level.

 

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Synopsis:

Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.

Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic.

With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Disney’s “McFarland, USA” stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora,Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez and Chris Ellis and is directed by Niki Caro with screenplay by Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson, and story by Cleveland & Gilois.

Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi are producing, with Mario Iscovich and Mary Martin serving as executive producers.

Date: Disney's "McFarland, USA" comes to theaters February 20, 2015.

 

 

Sources: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcfarlandusa 

Latino voices: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/10/disney-mcfarland-usa_n_6134134.html 

Official website: http://video.disney.com/watch/mcfarland-usa-trailer-506c1dece39e64be78884443