“Fruits of Labor,” which had its world premiere at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival, follows Ashley, a Mexican-American teenager living in a small agricultural town on the central coast of California. Ashley tries to hold on to her dreams while coping with obligations to her mother, who is undocumented, and three younger siblings. The family lives in a cramped house with 12 other families.
A moving coming-of-age story about a determined young woman and an eye-opening look at the seen and unseen forces that trap many families in poverty, “Fruits of Labor” is a co-presentation of POV and Latino Public Broadcasting’s VOCES. Produced and directed by Emily Cohen Ibañez.