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
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Valley of Tears

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

The story didn't travel far beyond the onion fields where Mexican-American laborers worked in harsh conditions for subsistence wages.

Full Review… | May 21, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An ultimately moving effort that well illustrates the often hopeless situation faced by the people whose lives it depicts.

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

November 28, 2003
New York Times
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Perry, a longtime filmmaker, should have given the doc more urgency and punch.

November 28, 2003
New York Post
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A vivid record of a 1979 strike by Mexican American migrant farmworkers in the onion fields of Raymondville, Texas.

Full Review… | November 25, 2003
Village Voice
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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
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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