Eva Longoria, Eric Schlosser, and Jose Padilla at screening of The Harvest/La Cosecha

Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser on the panel at a California Endowment screening of The Harvest/La Cosecha on November 16, 2011

Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser on the panel at a California Endowment screening of The Harvest/La Cosecha on November 16, 2011

The Harvest/La Cosecha screened at the California Endowment in Los Angeles last night.  Executive Producer Eva Longoria was joined by author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and activist Jose Padilla (Executive Director of California Rural Legal Assistance) for a post screening panel discussion on the issues faced by child migrant farmworkers  in the US.

Shine Global would like to thank the California Endowment for making this event possible and the wonderful panelists for expanding on the issues shown in the film.

The Harvest/La Cosecha DVD is now available for purchase from Cinema Libre Studio at http://store.cinemalibrestore.com/theharvestlacosechadvd.html

If you are interested in hosting a screening at your organization, university, or school please contact screenings@cinemalibrestudio.com

Screening of The Harvest at the California Endowment 11/16

CA Endowment Harvest screening 11:16:11In an effort to shed light on the hardships faced by children living in the migrant farm-working community, CenterScene Public Programs is holding a screening of The Harvest/la cosecha on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA.

Every year, there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools, and homes to work 12-14 hours, 7 days a week, picking the food we all eat. The Harvest, an award-winning documentary film, follows Zulema, Perla, and Victor through the scorching heat of Texas, the snow of Michigan, and the humidity of Florida in their path as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive.  The documentary provides a glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while they follow the harvest.

Author and activist Eric Schlosser, migrant farm-worker advocate José Padilla, as well as actress and Harvest Executive Producer Eva Longoria will be on hand to discuss of the film and the issue.

Event Details

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Check-in and Reception begins at 6:00 p.m.
Program Starts at 7:00 p.m.

The California Endowment
Center for Healthy Communities
Yosemite Hall
1000 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required

Please note that this event will be recorded and made available for viewing within a few days of production.

About CenterScene

CenterScene is a wide-ranging series of public programs organized by the Center for Healthy Communities to raise awareness about the vital issues that affect the health of California’s communities.  Admission and parking are free at all events.  Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.

Learn more
Visit the Center for Healthy Communities website
Get the map and directions
Read the CenterScene Newsletters
More questions?  Please email



Eric Schlosser
author and activist

Eric Schlosser tries to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and give a voice to people at the margins of society. Over the years he’s followed the harvest with migrant farm workers in California, spent time with meatpacking workers in Texas and Colorado, told the stories of marijuana growers and pornographers and the victims of violent crime, gone on duty with the New York Police Department Bomb Squad, and visited prisons throughout the United States.

Schlosser’s first book, Fast Food Nation (2001), which was on the New York Times bestseller list for two years, helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. His second book, Reefer Madness (2003), looked at America’s thriving underground economy. It was also a New York Times bestseller. Chew on This (2006), a New York Times bestselling children’s book, co-written with Charles Wilson, introduced young readers to the health effects of fast food and the workings of industrial agriculture. Schlosser has for almost a decade been researching a book on the American prison system. His next book, Command and Control, is about nuclear weapons.

Jose Padilla

José Padilla
Executive Director

California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)

José R. Padilla was born and raised in the Imperial Valley, in a family with farm-worker roots. José received his BA from Stanford University in 1974 and worked as a head teacher with Campesinos Unidos Inc. After graduating in 1978 from Boalt Hall School of Law, he began his legal career with CRLA, advocating for the rights of California’s farm worker and rural poverty communities. 

At CRLA, José focused on immigration, civil rights, and education law, and co-drafted AB 1382, California’s Migrant Education law. In 1984, José became Executive Director of CRLA, overseeing cases on pesticide exposure, housing, labor, rural education, civil rights, immigration and environmental justice, assisting more than 40,000 rural residents annually.

José testified before President Clinton’s Commission on Race, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and various legislative bodies addressing issues of voting and language rights; and, in 2011, he was nominated by California Latino Legislative Cause as one of four California Supreme Court Nominees.

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria
Executive Producer “The Harvest” / Activist / Actor

Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award-winning, and ALMA Award-winning actress, Eva Longoria currently stars as “Gabrielle Solis” on the ABC-megahit, Desperate Housewives.

Longoria is an executive producer, in collaboration with Academy Award nominated Shine Global, of the documentary film The Harvest. The documentary presents the challenges these children face as they are unprotected by law, often working twelve hours a day, seven days a week in temperatures that can exceed 100 degrees, while suffering injuries and exposure to pesticides.

Active in philanthropy, Longoria has received many awards for this work. She serves as the national spokesperson for PADRES Contra El Cáncer, and founded the non-profit organization Eva’s Heroes to name a few. In 2010, Longoria partnered with the California Community Foundation (CCF) to create The Eva Longoria Fund.

November Screenings of THE HARVEST


Friday, November 18, 2011   7:00pm
First Congregational Church
40 South Fullerton Ave.
Montclair, NJ
*Music by Thomas Wesley Stern before & after the film*
This Event is Free & All are Welcome
Facebook Event Page:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182849448467470


The California Endowment
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
California Endowment – Center for Healthy Communities
Yosemite Hall
1000 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required.
Executive Producer Eva Longoria, Author and activist Eric Schlosser, and migrant farm-worker adovcate José Padilla will be in attendance

Sarah Lawrence College
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Science Center 103
Q&A with Executive Producer Susan MacLaury

If you wish to screen The Harvest/La Cosecha in your community, find a sponsor organization and visit http://www.cinemalibrestore.com/educational_grassroots.html to learn more or contact screenings@cinemalibrestudio.com

Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides

Child marriage robs 10 million girls a year of their childhood. It's time to end it.

By Elizabeth Tornheim

Every nineteen minutes, a girl under the age of 18 is forced into a marriage. Oftentimes these girls are still trying to become educated as a way to increase their economic opportunity to escape poverty. And yet, as a Yemeni child bride explains, “it’s the men who give the order, and the women that follow.” As a result, these young girls are more likely to become victims of domestic violence, and have health problems related with early sexual activity. Girls under the age of fifteen are five times as likely to die in childbirth than women in their twenties, and child brides are at greater risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection because they lack say in rejecting unsafe sexual practices.[i]

These staggering statistics have brought together non-governmental organizations to work together to end child marriage, in a global partnership called Girls Not Brides. At the core, the organization helps facilitate collaboration between activists and NGOs to share the best practices of strategy, communication, and advocacy. By working to empower girls within their own communities, as well as by pressuring policymakers to bring attention to the issue, Girls Not Brides demands action at a local and international level.

The Elders, a group of prominent world leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela, established the organization.  In late September, the international campaign was launched at the Clinton Global Initiative, and leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson announced the plans for the campaign. Now, organizations from across the world have joined to end child marriage including Equality Now, Save the Children UK, and World YMCA.

Girls Not Brides has already supported programs such as the Development Initiative Supporting Healthy Adolescents (DISHA); this program, based in India, has provided access to health services, increased awareness of the consequences of early child marriage, and given support to the community.  Another program called Berhane Hewan works in Ethiopia where child marriage is very prevalent, and affects 50% of young girls. Girls Not Brides has supported activists in this region working to inform young girls about relying on education rather than the men in the community.

Most importantly, Girls Not Brides emphasizes that child marriage cannot be ignored or seen as a matter of culture or tradition. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,  “marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.”[ii] Child marriage is not only a health hazard and harmful tradition; it is also a human rights violation.

You, too can stay informed about the campaign and find out the ways you can help by visiting girlsnotbrides.org. Although change is a slow process, each individual has the power to make an impact.

[i] United Nations Children’s Fund, Early Marriage: A harmful traditional practice: A statistical exploration, UNICEF New York, 2005, pp. 12-13

[ii] The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/