The Ecuadorian immigrant experience is one of many that developed throughout New York’s history. There are many similarities between the Ecuadorian immigrant experience and that of older immigrant groups such as the Irish, Germans, Italians, Greeks, etc. The history of immigrants from the Ecuadorian-American community must be captured by the pioneers who first emigrated in large waves to this city and helped establish Ecuadorian colonies.
This new documentary titled “History of the Pioneers” shares stories told by Ecuadorians who migrated to New York in the 1960s through 1980s. Through a series of questions, they share their childhood memories, family relations, personal struggles, and journeys to the land of opportunity. In part one, the stories of seven people help us understand the historical immigration process that left an important mark on this city.
Pioneer Stories: Part 1
These interviews were recorded in 2020 through Zoom as the COVID pandemic forced us to quarantine. Featured here are:
- Aida Gonzalez
- Raúl Domínguez
- Hon. Carmen Velásquez
- Luis Dután
- Luis Montalvo
- Justo Santos
- Jose Elías Rodríguez
Director/Productor: Pedro Felipe Vintimilla