Roots in the Sand, A documentary film by Jayasri Majumdar Hart.
Roots in the Sand started as the story of David Dhillon. He was a second generation Punjabi-Mexican-American who had lived in the Imperial Valley all his twenty-seven years. At that time, I had been in the U.S. less than five years, but soon “Roots in the Sand” became my journey to find my place in America.
The National Red Ribbon Campaign was sparked by the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena by drug traffickers. Within weeks of his death in March of 1985, Camarena’s Congressman, Duncan Hunter, and high school friend Henry Lozano, launched Camarena Clubs in Imperial Valley, California, Camarena’s home. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans. From these clubs emerged the Red Ribbon Week campaign.
“The resiliency of this country is amazing. There’s no country in the world that turns tragedies into super-positive things like this country…It’s unbelievable how we can bounce back from tragic events like Camarena’s death and turn it into something as wonderful as the Red Ribbon Week program.” -David Dhillon, co-founder of the Red Ribbon Week Program