“ The story of the children who feed America. ”
Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest.
From the Producers of the Academy-Award® Nominated film, WAR/DANCE and Executive Producer Eva Longoria, this award-winning documentary provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.
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Screened for members of congress and the department of labor in support of child labor laws.
Used by Rep. Lucille Royball-Allard (D-CA) to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age for children working in the fields:
“I applaud Eva Longoria, Robin Romano and Shine Global for using the power of film to shine a light on the plight of child farmworkers in The Harvest/La Cosecha. As this film documents, children in agriculture too often work in dangerous and exploitive conditions, which are illegal in every other industry. That is why I authored HR 3564, the CARE Act, which would raise labor standards and protections for farmworker children to the same level set for children in all other occupations”
–Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
Broadcast nationally by EPIX HD and The Discovery Network’s Destination America.
Screened as part of Tribeca Film Institute’s Youth Screening Series about food justice. This great program is offered to public schools throughout New York City and uses varying genres of film to enhance students’ academic engagement and foster critical thinking skills.
Seleccion Oficial Guadalajara 2011
Seleccion Oficial Docs 2011
IDFA Competition for First Appearance 2010
Official Selection Sausalito Film Festival 2011
Official Selection DocuWest 2011
Winner San Antonio Audience Award 2011
Official Selection Thessaloniki 2011
Official Selection Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2011
Official Selection VivaFest! 2011
Winner San Antonio Outstanding Filmmaker 2011
San Antonio Film Festival Audience Award Best Documentary
San Antonio Film Festival Outstanding Filmmaker
ALMA Special Achievement Award
U. Roberto Romano
Rory O’Connor and U. Roberto Romano
Albie Hecht and Susan MacLaury
Alonzo Cantu, Rory O’Connor, and Raul Padilla
Ingrid Duran, David Damian Figueroa, Brendan Hermes, Andrew Herwitz, Rebecca Katz, and Catherine Pino
Director of Photography
U. Roberto Romano