A MILLION MILES AWAY is, on the surface, a story about America’s first migrant farmer who became an astronaut and made a historic trip into space. But if viewers look closer, it is also a heartwarming film of perseverance, tenacity, and inspiration. 

José Hernandez (Michael Peña) is the son of an immigrant who traveled from farm to farm picking fruit and vegetables. It was a hard life, and education was not first on the list. Survival was trying to carve out a better life for this family as they crisscrossed our country. This movie is a testament to the rewards of achieving higher education and the prejudices fought along the way. It reinforces the adage of never giving up your dream, no matter how long it takes. 

Nothing I am saying is a spoiler since José’s tale is a part of NASA’s history. What makes A MILLION MILES AWAY such a wonderful film is the journey to get there. I had no idea, and I found myself bursting with pride and tears every step of the way. The writers gave audiences a true gem with endearing and humorous family moments. It touched my soul repeatedly. The ensemble of talented actors was believable. Their authenticity humbled me. It drew me in from the first scene to the last, and I wanted to jump into their family circle of hugs every single time. 

A MILLION MILES AWAY shares the pride of the entire migrant farmer community and what is possible. It is suitable for family movie nights. This feel-good biopic is just what everyone needs to be reminded about America. And to never forget how a teacher can change a life. I am so proud of the real José. Don’t miss this movie. It is available to stream on Prime Video.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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