By the train tracks, a mobile home houses a bright, articulate child named Geovany. It’s not the Silicon Valley we normally think of, but it’s one that it’s so important to explore. This short documentary tackles the lives of those struggling in the area but, in a bold and effective move, the documentary is shot in part by Geovany himself. “In the shadow of Silicon Valley, a hidden community thrives despite difficult circumstances,” the video explains. “For one resident, eight-year-old Geovany Cesario, impending change is bittersweet. When the time comes to leave Crisanto Avenue, which Geovany affectionately calls Crisanto Street, he uses his camera to document the day.”
This Guardian documentary strikes a real nerve as we see the day-to-day lives of the have-nots in one of the richest areas in the world. Seeing Geovany play with his toy truck, joke with his family, and simply get on with things is a moving, revealing experience. You can see the whole video here:
Silicon Valley has become synonymous with wealth and progress, but for many, the evolution of the area represents just the opposite. Rather than just quoting facts and figures, this documentary uses the most powerful learning tool out there — the children bearing the burden.