This film is about Edwin Marin Balbuena. He was 11 years old when his mother and siblings were forced to leave their home due to the unsafe environment of his father. For a couple of years, he and his family were struggling financially and became homeless. They had no choice but to live in a shelter in Portland, Oregon. With the support of his community and friends, he was able to navigate through the challenges of growing up without his father while also not having a stable home.
Sonia Sandra Fernandez-Lopez is an Undergraduate student at the University of Oregon. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Minor in Latinx Studies. Her focus is to become a Phycologist and open a clinic to create a safe environment for young Latino/a/x children and teens. The Latino Roots course was able to build her skills of storytelling, filming, editing and creating community with her Peers.