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My Friend Luis

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My Friend Luis is the celebration of an extraordinary life and an unlikely friendship that developed between a law-and-order Republican and an undocumented immigrant living in California. Born into abuse and poverty in Mexico, Luis tries to survive through insurmountable odds. Through a series of freakish encounters, Luis navigates a pathway beyond his circumstances with an undeniable hunger to make a better life for himself than he knew as a child. As the son of a Sun Maid raisin-grower in California, Wayne found himself on the other side of the quest for better conditions and pay for farmworkers. He looked down on those who came across the border illegally and the burden they added to the economy. Despite their twenty-year age gap and their differing cultures, their lives crossed paths in 2008 and a friendship began that has transformed both of their lives in ways they would never have imagined. This is the story of that friendship.

My Friend Luis is the celebration of an extraordinary life and an unlikely friendship that developed between a law-and-order Republican and an undocumented immigrant living in California. Born into abuse and poverty in Mexico, Luis tries to survive through insurmountable odds. Through a series of freakish encounters, Luis navigates a pathway beyond his circumstances with an undeniable hunger to make a better life for himself than he knew as a child. As the son of a Sun Maid raisin-grower in California, Wayne found himself on the other side of the quest for better conditions and pay for farmworkers. He looked down on those who came across the border illegally and the burden they added to the economy. Despite their twenty-year age gap and their differing cultures, their lives crossed paths in 2008 and a friendship began that has transformed both of their lives in ways they would never have imagined. This is the story of that friendship.

Location:

United States

Description:

My Friend Luis is the celebration of an extraordinary life and an unlikely friendship that developed between a law-and-order Republican and an undocumented immigrant living in California. Born into abuse and poverty in Mexico, Luis tries to survive through insurmountable odds. Through a series of freakish encounters, Luis navigates a pathway beyond his circumstances with an undeniable hunger to make a better life for himself than he knew as a child. As the son of a Sun Maid raisin-grower in California, Wayne found himself on the other side of the quest for better conditions and pay for farmworkers. He looked down on those who came across the border illegally and the burden they added to the economy. Despite their twenty-year age gap and their differing cultures, their lives crossed paths in 2008 and a friendship began that has transformed both of their lives in ways they would never have imagined. This is the story of that friendship.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 12 – Pass It On

5/4/2021
Luis discovers his own inner Captain Herrera as he finds himself surrounded by some young gangbangers who want his help learning to box, and find a friendship with Luis that opens new doors for them.

Duration:00:33:57

Episode 11 – A New Kind of Bricks

4/27/2021
A vivid dream and his daughter’s quinceañera, combine to offer Luis a fork in the road that leads him to rediscover the love he met at the border in 1994.

Duration:00:36:21

Episode 10 – A Change In The Wind

4/20/2021
Luis is forced to choose between his integrity and being abused and exploited by his biggest client and that leads to a discussion about immigration in the United States.

Duration:00:33:33

Episode 9 – A Burrito With Jesus

4/13/2021
The day begins with a tragic suicide and ends at two in the morning with a unique conversation.

Duration:00:38:26

Episode 8 – In The Shadows

4/6/2021
After discovering that the green card he procured through an attorney for $23,000 is a forgery, Luis and his young family are forced back into the shadows.

Duration:00:35:12

Episode 7 – First Meeting

3/30/2021
In 2008, Wayne and Luis meet for the first time and a relationship begins that will change the trajectory of both of their lives.

Duration:00:32:38

Episode 6 – Over The Wall

3/23/2021
My Friend Luis returns to that twenty-one-year-old soaked in sewage beneath the wall hearing a voice call to him from beyond it, “Come to Me.”

Duration:00:37:00

Episode 5 – Human Bait

3/16/2021
At fifteen, Luis is on his own after his dad dies and his mom moves to the U.S. He is taken hostage by the cartel and needs the help of an old friend.

Duration:00:34:18

Episode 4 – Captain Herrera

3/9/2021
A military captain who trains boys to box as a way to instill character in them and keep them out of the cartels takes Luis under his wing.

Duration:00:33:10

Episode 3 – Raphael

3/2/2021
While searching for his family’s lost cow in the mountains near his home, Luis runs into a mysterious stranger who seems to know more than he should.

Duration:00:36:45

Episode 2 – Please Kidnap Me

2/23/2021
Continually bullied and abused by his five older brothers, Luis hears about a land called the United States and at six years old sets out to find his way there, even if it means he needs to be kidnapped. (Luis is the youngest boy in both pictures.)

Duration:00:29:24

Episode 1 – The Stinky Has Gone Mad

2/16/2021
After living four years in the United States on an expired visa, Luis returns to Mexico to deliver a much-needed car to his mother. Now he must find his way back across the border in Tijuana on December 19, 1994.

Duration:00:33:33

Episode 0 – Trailer

2/5/2021
This is the story of an unbelievable journey through horrendous circumstances and into a friendship as unlikely as any you might imagine. It is laced with incredible miracles and desperate challenges in this immersive, limited-series podcast. The first episode will drop on February 16, 2021. You can subscribe now at iTunes and other podcast outlets.

Duration:00:03:59