Uneasy Neighbors


A documentary profile of growing tensions between migrant worker camps and affluent homeowners in north San Diego County, one of the richest and fastest-growing areas in the United States. Here, sharing the same valleys, are homeowners concerned about property values and sanitation, and migrant workers, living in conditions which most Americans expect only in the Third World. This program chronicles the life and death of the Green Valley camp, home to thousands of workers over the last ten years, many of them legalized under the 1986 immigration bill.


Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival, Best Television Documentary, National Conference of Christians and Jews, San Diego Chapter, Finalist, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, Honorable Mention, Documentary, San Antonio CineFestival, Silver Award, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Local Programming Awards, Emmy Nominee, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, San Diego Chapter, for Best Documentary, Honorable Mention, Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Video Festival, Investigative/Enterprise Reporting, Second Place, San Diego County Press Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Included in pilot of “American Pie,” PBS series on the Best of Local Programming, Selected for inclusion in “Los Vecinos/The Neighbors,” a special international exhibition of images of life on the U.S./Mexico border by the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego and exhibited throughout Mexico by the National Council of Culture and the Arts

Producer/Director/Writer – Paul Espinosa
Videographer – Martin Zimmerman
A Production of KPBS-TV