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4K Documentary Film Teaser | RAMON RISING | 2017 Release

Dr. Resa’s Story Inspires Audiences to Dare Dream of a Better Life

RAMON RISING© is the documentary film story of Ramon Resa’s journey from abandoned boy to doctor. Ramon’s mother gave him away to a farm working couple who raised him as one of 15 children in their household. He grew up living in severe poverty, neglect and abuse in Central Valley, California. From early childhood on, Ramon was hired out to perform back-breaking farm labor.

Against All Odds

One of Ramon’s grade school teachers told him that he didn’t have to be a farmworker for the rest of his life. She encouraged him to get a college education explaining that with a degree Ramon could choose any career he wanted. Upon hearing her words, hope for a better future was birthed in Ramon’s heart and he set his sights on making it to college. His pilgrimage out of the hot, dusty fields to becoming a pediatrician was filled with tremendous adversity. He faced racial discrimination by school officials and students as well as fierce opposition from his guardians who forbade him to go to college, insisting he get a job after high school to earn an income and help support them.

The Indomitable Human Spirit

Despite his Dickensian childhood, Ramon made it through college and medical school. When he received a license to practice medicine, Dr. Resa went straight back to the Central Valley and got to work. For over 30 years he’s provided pediatric care for kids like he once was. Dr. Resa is living proof to his young patients that they too can make a better future for themselves. Audiences of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds will come away from watching RAMON RISING in awe of the indomitable human spirit’s power to overcome all obstacles in the way of finding a better life. They’ll likely join many who hear Dr. Resa’s story in thinking, “If he can overcome all the issues and problems in his life to become a doctor, I can overcome mine too!”

Debunking Negative Myths & Stereotypes

RAMON RISING is an antidote to today’s epidemic of intolerance, negative attitudes, hateful speech and threats against immigrants. Dr. Resa’s life convincingly debunks stereotypes and myths based in race, culture, and language concerning the intelligence, aptitude, and motivation of migrant workers who come to America in search of a better life. His story testifies to the universal truth that every child (including an abandoned Mexican American boy with a speech impediment, no family, and zero resources) has the potential to become a valuable, contributing member of our society.

Inviting Sponsors & Donors 

Help get Dr. Resa’s story out by becoming a film sponsor or making a tax-deductible donation. Financial support from businesses and individuals is needed to finish the production of RAMON RISING©.


Diane Wagner, Executive Producer | | 310-614-4453


Jesse Gift – Executive Producer | Writer/Director
Mr. Gift is a multiple Emmy® recipient, including the Primetime Emmy® Award for Breaking News. He brings 20 years of television journalism experience to this documentary. Jesse’s storytelling has been watched tens of millions of viewers on high profile national television news shows on ABC, NBC, and CBS. His national TV credits include scripted entertainment shows, network specials and documentaries for CBS, A&E, MTV and VH1.


RAMON RISING is produced by The Documentary Studio.  The documentary is partially based on Dr. Resa’s memoir “Out Of The Fields: My Journey From Farmworker Boy To Pediatrician.”