migration

Monday, November 1 | 7 pm.  Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1, Durham, NC.

Tuesday, November 16  | 7 pm.  Memorial Student Union, Stallings Ballroom, North Carolina A&TUniversity, Greensboro

Brother Towns/ Pueblos Hermanos.  Charlie Thompson and Michael Davey. (USA/Guatemala, 2010) 60 min.


This documentary follows two different towns connected through immigration, family and work. Jacaltenango is a highland Maya town in Guatemala.  Jupiter is a coastal resort town in Florida where many Jacaltecos have settled. The film explores the motivations and realities of immigration, including the maintenance of the family during immigration and the exorbitant economic cost to immigrate illegally. Brother Towns presents the rich cultural identity of the Jacaltecos, who have strong Mayan heritage, and addresses the controversy of illegal immigration from both perspectives by interviewing opponents and proponents of illegal immigration.   English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Introduction by director Charlie Thompson. Q&A follow.

 

Tuesday, November 16  | 7 pm.  Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill

 Harvest of Shame. Edward R. Murrow, NBC News. (USA, 1960) 55 min.

Legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow's Harvest of Shame is among the most famous television documentaries of all time. Richly photographed and arrestingly poignant, this long-acclaimed 1960 exposé on the plight of migrant farm workers resonated deeply for a nation unfamiliar with such brutally honest depictions of living conditions that, as Murrow remarks, "wrong the dignity of man." Smartly televised to millions of Americans the day after Thanksgiving to better tap into their emotions, Murrow's indispensable classic led to permanent changes in the laws protecting workers' rights. Murrow started his broadcast the day after Thanksgiving Day, November 1960: “This scene is not taking place in the Congo. It has nothing to do with Johannesburg or Cape Town. It is not Nyasaland or Nigeria. This is Florida… This is a shape-up for migrant workers. The hawkers are chanting the going piece rate at the various fields. This is the way the humans who harvest the food for the best-fed people in the world get hired. One farmer looked at this and said, “We used to own our slaves; now we just rent them.…”  He ended the same broadcast saying: “The migrants have no lobby. Only an enlightened, aroused and perhaps angered public opinion can do anything about the migrants. The people you have seen have the strength to harvest your fruit and vegetables. They do not have the strength to influence legislation. Maybe we do. Good night, and good luck.”  English

HARVEST OF DIGNITY. Farmworker Advocacy Network and Minnow Media.  27 min.


2010 SAF documentary work from SAF on Vimeo. Work in progress


On the 50th anniversary of the original Harvest of Shame documentary, the NC Farmworker Advocacy Network (FAN) and Minnow Media present Harvest of Dignity, a documentary exploring the conditions migrant and seasonal farmworkers face in the United States today. Farm and poultry work is some of the most difficult, most dangerous, and most important work in our community. Largely a Latino population of migrants from Mexico and Central America, these workers still face poverty, food insecurity, hazardous working conditions and few protections under the law. North Carolina is home to roughly 150,000 farmworkers and 28,000 poultry workers and their families. The vast majority of the fruits and vegetables and nearly all of the poultry we eat are picked or processed by hand. However, the people who feed our families through their hard work are often among the worst paid and least protected workers in our state. Using documentary photos and interviews done by Student Action with Farmworkers interns, film footage with NC farmworkers, legislators and educators, and clips from the original Harvest of Shame documentary, this piece focuses on safe places to live, safe places to work, education, and enforcement of workplace laws.  This film was produced in collaboration with the Farmworker Advocacy Network’s Harvest of Dignity campaign to reform conditions for NC field and poultry workers.
Spanish and English with English subtitles


Wednesday, November 17  | 7 pm.  ERC Auditorium, Main Campus, Durham Technical Community College, Durham, NC

Thursday, November 18  | 7 pm.  El Centro Hispano de Carrboro, Carrboro, NC

Los Que se Quedan/Those Who Remain. Juan Carlos Rulfo y Carlos Hagerman. (Mexico, 2009) 91 min.



 Mexico is now the world’s largest exporter of its people, with up to half a million people each year crossing the US-Mexico border in search of work. The toll this explosion in emigration has taken is particularly evident in central Mexico and in southern states like Chiapas and Yucatan, where entire cities and towns have been depleted. Half of the population of the state of Zacatecas, for example, now lives in the United States. What happens to the families that stay behind?  This is a film about the families that are left behind when their loved ones leave home in search of a better life abroad. Spanish with English subtitles.


Friday, November 19  | 7pm.  El Centro Hispano de Durham, Durham, NC

Los Herederos/The Inheritors. Eugenio Polgovsky. (Mexico, 2009) 90 min.




Los herederos is a portrait of the young children in the Mexican countryside who begin to work at an early age. The film focuses on their daily struggle for survival and their activities in farming, sculpting and painting alebrijes, shepherding, making bricks, weaving, looking after their siblings, collecting water, harvesting tomatoes, chilis, maize, and laboring in a myriad of other activities. They have inherited tools and techniques from their ancestors, but they have also inherited their day-to-day hardship because, as generations pass, child workers seem to remain captive in a cycle of inherited poverty. Spanish with English subtitles.

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