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Professor Bobrow-Strain’s Award-Winning Book Inspires Feature Film

Professor of Politics Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s award-winning narrative nonfiction book, “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez,” is on the path to becoming a feature film. 


The book was originally published in 2019. It is a story of a young woman—whose life spans both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border—surviving attempted murder, family abuse, incarceration, deportation and separation from her son. 

New York Times bestselling author Héctor Tobar will pen the screenplay adaptation for the film, to be titled “Aida.” MacArthur Genius Fellows and Sundance award-winners Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera will direct the film, which will be produced by TomKat MeDiA. 

Bobrow-Strain, the Baker Ferguson Chair of Politics and Leadership, teaches courses on global food politics, immigration and political economies. In the 1990s, he worked on the U.S.-Mexico border as an activist and educator. He is a founding member of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition. 

Bobrow-Strain’s book was also named one of the 50 best biographies of all time by Esquire in December 2022.

Published on Feb 24, 2023
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