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4K Documentary Film Teaser | RAMON RISING | 2017 Release

His Journey From Abandoned Boy to Doctor

RAMON RISING is a feature length documentary film about the heartbreaking yet triumphant life of Ramon Resa, MD. It follows his agonizing journey from picking cotton at age three; to his academic struggles in college, his acceptance to medical school at UCI where he experienced blatant racism; to his return to Central Valley, California to be a pediatrician to poor farmworker kids like he was. For over 30 years he’s not only been been their doctor,  he’s flesh-and-blood proof to his young patients, to all who read his memoir “Out of the Fields”, and any who hear his motivational talks that they too can achieve their dreams.

Dr. Resa’s story convincingly dispels race and language-based myths concerning the intelligence, aptitude, and motivation of migrant people working in the Central California fields and beyond. Everyday he clearly demonstrates the universal truth that every child (even an abandoned Latino boy with a speech impediment, no family, and zero resources) has the potential to become a valuable, contributing member of our society if given the opportunity. After watching RAMON RISING, audience members of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds will leave the theatre encouraged, empowered, and absolutely certain they too can make their lives, communities and the world better.


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.

Diane Wagner – Executive Producer

Social entrepreneur Ms. Wagner, is the president and founder of The Documentary Studio. She holds and University of California MBA and has over 15 years of experience in market research consulting/marketing, sales to Fortune 500 companies.


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.”