The Long Ride

A film by Valerie Lapin Ganley

This film was screened as a part of the 2017 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF20)

This film was co-presented with American Gateways


The Long Ride


USA, Immigration Documentary, 2016
77 min, Color/Black & White
English, Spanish with Spanish, English subtitles

THE LONG RIDE is a timely, new documentary about the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, which sparked the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers in the United States. Alarmed by increasing workplace abuses, more than 900 immigrants and allies traveled from ten cities across America to focus public attention on the plight of immigrant workers and call for reform of the broken immigration system. They were inspired by the 1961 Civil Rights Movement Freedom Riders, who risked their lives fighting to end segregation. The film chronicles their journey and the on-going fight for immigrant rights to this day. THE LONG RIDE follows the journey of more than 100 Riders from Northern California.

Regional Premiere

About the director

Valerie Lapin GanleyValerie Lapin Ganley is an activist and filmmaker. Her documentaries explore topics of race, class, labor, and immigration with a focus on the challenges and benefits that diversity brings to society. She directed SHALOM IRELAND, which explores Ireland’s little known Jewish community, and has screened at more than 100 film festivals and community events around the world. Valerie won two Emmy Awards as Associate Producer for two programs in KQED’s BAY WINDOW series.



Producer: Valerie Lapin Ganley
Production Companies: Share Productions
Screenwriter: Valerie Lapin Ganley
Cinematographer: Camille Servan-Schreiber, Rick Butler
Editor: Lauren Veen, Carl Weichert
Sound Design: Matt Hemmerich, Chelsea Miller
Music: Michael Franti & Spearhead
Cast: Northern California Freedom Riders

Print Source: Valerie Lapin Ganley – Share Productions,