Harvest of Empire (2012)
Film based on the ground-breaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González. Featuring real life stories and rare archival footage, the film examines the political events, social conditions, and U.S. government actions that led millions of Latino families to leave their homelands in an unprecedented wave of migration over the past six decades. At a time of heated and divisive debate over federal immigration policy, producers Eduardo López and Wendy Thompson-Marquez felt it was important to offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of the millions of Latino immigrants who are transforming the cultural and economic landscape of the nation. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Harvest of Empire
The stories grow more eye-opening as filmmakers Peter Getzels and Eduardo Lopez paint a recurring picture.
Getzels and Lopez take a refreshing approach in this age of punditry and choir-preaching.
As an analysis of the causes of migration, it is one-dimensional and unconvincing. But as a social history of Latinos in America, it is provocative and fascinating.
Cogent doc makes the persuasive argument for the role that U.S. military and corporate interests have played in the influx of immigration from Latin American countries.
The filmmakers retain a touching faith that most Americans won't tolerate injustice when they know about it. This film is meant to teach them.
This sobering and much-needed look at Latino migration is built on an undeniably optimistic premise: that once Americans have accurate facts, "they rarely allow injustices to stand."
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