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a short documentary film
by Alana Maiello

Every bottle tells a story.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Picture at the Oceanside International Film Festival, Esfuerzo gives an intimate and timely glimpse into the lives of immigrant winemakers and grape pickers.


 A grape master has cared for the Buttonwood vines with unflinching dedication for 35 years. As his grandson takes the reins, he's trapped between tradition and innovation, and establishing his voice in winemaking and honoring his Mexican roots.