MOUNT VERNON — Five Mount Vernon High School girls have caught regional attention with a documentary they made explaining what it’s like to grow up as a migrant student in America.

The girls’ documentary “Who We Are,” created during a Seattle workshop last year, was later selected for screening at two Portland film festivals: The Young Peoples’ Film Festival and the Street Stories Film Festival.

The film opens with the girls introducing themselves, some in Spanish others in English. They talk about how many times they’ve moved around. Martha Morales, 15, has moved more than six times.

During the summers, the girls help their parents in the fields or a cannery. They cope with stereotypes on a regular basis, such as people thinking they don’t speak or understand English.

“Some things people think about me is that I’m poor,” said Teresa Santos, 15, says in the film. “That we’re rude and every time we go to the store, they think that we’re going to steal. That’s why they watch us.”

The girls say the film has helped them explain their situation in life and opened the eyes of some of their teachers and peers around them.

Read the full story in Sunday’s Skagit Valley Herald.

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