Harvest of Loneliness: Great Free Movie on Braceros, 11/22 in Santa Ana




We don’t know where YOU were planning to be this Friday night at 6, the day before Rashida Day, and two days before the Anti-Shackling Rally at Theo Lacy, but I know where we will be (Vern and Donna at least) – at the free Santa Ana screening of “Harvest of Loneliness,” the widely acclaimed documentary on California’s Bracero program.

This powerful and timely film about the past (as we never tire of quoting Faulkner when justifying our “Agents’ Orange” series, “The past isn’t dead; it isn’t even past”) will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Dr. Gilbert Gonzalez.  As KPBS wrote about the film when it first came out:

Shedding light on the current debate over immigration reform and the use of “guest workers” in American agriculture, this historical documentary, “Harvest Of Loneliness: The Bracero Program,” examines what was known as the Bracero Program-a system put in place from 1942 to 1964 to recruit Mexican farm laborers for temporary work in the United States.

The film presents ample testimony from surviving braceros as well as family members and descendants of these displaced workers, who typically went north expecting not just high wages but also humane treatment and working conditions-expectations that were rarely if ever met. Featured experts include Mexican activist and politician Victor Quintana, “Bracero Program in California” author Henry Anderson and several others.

The trailer. BE THERE!

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