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In 1979, documentarian Hart Perry begins chronicling striking Latino laborers in Raymondville, Texas, who demand an increase in minimum wage from the 25 cents per bag of onions picked they had been receiving for more than 20 years. In the 1990s, he returns during a controversial school board election as the Latino community struggles to elect a candidate of their own to the all-white board. In 2000, Perry comes back again to cover lawyer Juan Guerra's campaign for district attorney.

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David Sandoval
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Critic Reviews for Valley of Tears

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (1)

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

    December 18, 2003
  • Dense, contradictory and distressingly honest, Valley of Tears is that rarity among political documentaries: a genuinely thought-provoking film.

    November 28, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Perry, a longtime filmmaker, should have given the doc more urgency and punch.

    November 28, 2003 | Rating: 2/4
  • A vivid record of a 1979 strike by Mexican American migrant farmworkers in the onion fields of Raymondville, Texas.

    November 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.

    December 4, 2003 | Full Review…
  • An ultimately moving effort that well illustrates the often hopeless situation faced by the people whose lives it depicts.

    December 18, 2003
  • Dense, contradictory and distressingly honest, Valley of Tears is that rarity among political documentaries: a genuinely thought-provoking film.

    November 28, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Perry, a longtime filmmaker, should have given the doc more urgency and punch.

    November 28, 2003 | Rating: 2/4
  • A vivid record of a 1979 strike by Mexican American migrant farmworkers in the onion fields of Raymondville, Texas.

    November 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.

    December 4, 2003 | Full Review…

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