In Valley of the Heart, playwright and director Luis Valdez sets his sights on another disturbing chapter in U.S. history at the beginning of the Second World War. The fight to maintain dignity, identity, family, and faith are at the heart of this American story, which is deeply rooted in the once-fertile farmland that is now known as the Silicon Valley.
Valley of the Heart tells the story of the Yamaguchis and the Montaños — two immigrant families struggling to provide a future for their American-born children after the Great Depression on the farmland the two families share. The families' oldest children secretly fall in love only to have the emotional stakes further heightened when the attack on Pearl Harbor throws these Mexican and Japanese-American families into uncertainty. When the Yamaguchis are interned along with thousands of other Japanese-Americans, allegiances are tested, heroes are made, and the two young lovers must find a way to stay loyal to their families, their country, and each other.