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Most of us have driven through this valley but never really stopped to explore it. And for good reason as the Central Valley has a bad reputation.

Yet, in the heart of Central California, there is a valley worth visiting: the Salinas Valley just off Monterey. This is the region where John Steinbeck was born.

The author of “East of Eden”, “Mice and Men” and “Grapes of Wrath” grew up on one of the most fertile lands in the United States. This rural community composed of agricultural workers, Oklahoma oakies fleeing the Dust Bowl, Mexican immigrants and Monterey sardine cannery manpower provided the author with the material for his characters. It allowed him to set a disturbing mirror and reflected the Californian society of the time. 

We plunged back into the Steinbeck texts that show incredible modernity, and we followed his steps from Salinas to Monterey, visiting isolated ranches in this hidden part of the world. In this video, we invite you to share the experience.

Enjoy the footage!

Alexis and Virginie, who are we? We are two directors based in San Francisco with a common passion: telling stories! We produce documentaries for French TV channels and films for the companies of the bay with our company Backbone Production.

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