The Harvest

Friday, July 29, 2011

Albie Hecht and Susan MacLaury discuss their documentary “The Harvest,” about child migrant laborers. The film tells the stories of three adolescents who travel with their families across thousands of miles to pick crops in southern Texas, northern Michigan, and northern Florida during the harvest season. They face back-breaking labor in 100-degree heat, the hazards of pesticides, the burden of helping their families through economic crises, and separation from their families.  “The Harvest” opens in New York July 29 at the Quad Cinema.


Albie Hecht and Susan MacLaury

Comments [8]

Lisa Lee from NJ

Of course fields are hot in the midday heat during summer harvest. There must be an alternative...maybe early morning,then late afternoon harvesting. I am also in agreement for buying organic (and making sure it truly is) in a way of standing for safer harvesting for these families. However, American farmers are not going to just switch over to organic farming. Not with Monsanto biotechnology in control of our fresh foods markets.

Aug. 13 2011 11:52 AM
jason carey from Oakland

Dear John from office , go to hell

Aug. 04 2011 12:28 AM

When I was a freshman in college (1964-65), we were shown Edward R. Murrow's "Harvest of Shame", as part of the sociology curriculum. This film, along with the book, "Tomatoland..." addressing actual slave workers and other abhorrent conditions, seems to indicate that America, as a nation, demonstrates its "exceptionalism" from a negative standpoint, regarding this disgraceful activity.

Jul. 29 2011 01:48 PM
Danielle Jensen

is there any way for consumers to know what farms/companys are engaging in these practices?

Jul. 29 2011 01:27 PM
Annie Mouse from NYC

There's a financial website which has message boards including one that's very right-wing. There have been several long conversations (threads) with the strong (and imho disgusting) pov that all child labor laws should be abolished as anti-capitalist.

Jul. 29 2011 01:26 PM

Did one of Mr. Lopate's guests just imply a presumption of guilt against "young men"? If he had said "young blacks" or "young hispanics", we would know what to call such a statement.

Jul. 29 2011 01:22 PM
john from office

So how do they suggest the crops get picked. Also, if you outlaw this, then the family makes less money. This is like the Sweatshop cause from a few years back, the people in those factories saw the factories as a step up.

The fields were "really hot" how does an employer stop that??

Jul. 29 2011 01:21 PM

Hi. I'm surprised this is happening in the U.S. I thought there were child labor laws, (none under 16 can work). Is the law being ignored?

Jul. 29 2011 01:15 PM

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