Valley of Tears (2003)



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Hart Perry (Director of Photography - "Harlan County, USA"), has documented the lives of Mexican-American migrant farm workers in Raymondville, TX since 1979 when the onion workers' strike broke out. What followed was a fight not only for higher pay but also for equal rights and representation. For 24 years, the county's Mexican-American residents were determined to fight for what is right. "Valley of Tears" is a complex story of the long journey of individuals who endure hardship in order to make a better future for their families. -- © 7th Art Releasing


Critic Reviews for Valley of Tears

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

An ultimately moving effort that well illustrates the often hopeless situation faced by the people whose lives it depicts.

Dec 18, 2003

Dense, contradictory and distressingly honest, Valley of Tears is that rarity among political documentaries: a genuinely thought-provoking film.

Nov 28, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5

Perry, a longtime filmmaker, should have given the doc more urgency and punch.

Nov 28, 2003 | Rating: 2/4

A vivid record of a 1979 strike by Mexican American migrant farmworkers in the onion fields of Raymondville, Texas.

Nov 25, 2003 | Full Review…

The movie leaves us with a lot of questions, but its rawness draws attention to the cataclysmic social shift the workers are trying to achieve and the long odds against them.

May 21, 2004

A hard-hitting documentary about the injustices heaped on the Mexican-American community of migrant workers by a small Texas town's white power brokers.

Dec 4, 2003 | Full Review…

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