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The economy of Bakersfield, California is driven by oil and agriculture. The vast majority of the strenuous manual labour in these California farms and oil fields is carried out by Latino immigrants, many of them undocumented. Artfully captured by the US filmmaker Chris Filippone, the acclaimed short documentary How to Breathe in Kern County follows some of these labourers from the hard toil of their workdays to the dark night of Bakersfield’s back roads, where they find ‘the song of a world without work’ in street-racing cars.
Director: Chris Filippone
Producer: Erin Semine Kökdil
Narrators: Jonathan Alvarez, Ivan Jimenes
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History of technology
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Thinkers and theories
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Sports and games
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Consciousness and altered states
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Information and communication
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