No doubt this morning, the buzz is how much money the final episode in the Harry Potter film franchise made this past weekend. I would like to draw your attention to less magical matters. Thinking specifically of a comment that longtime reader Sabina made last week saying how all of us in the U.S. benefit from immigrant labor made me think of this upcoming film.
The Harvest/La Cosecha tells the story of the children who feed America.
Coming to NY July 29th
Coming to LA August 5th
Coming to TV on Epix Oct 5th
The film, Executive Produced by Eve Longoria and released though a non-profit (of which I know little about), Shine Global Inc., certainly deals with an important issue. How it tells the story of the young farm laborers will be important too. Already in the marketing of the film we see language used to make these children “American” as in of the U.S., not of the “Americas”. This is supposed to clearly elicit more sympathy than say if the film was about “non-Americans”. I worry about this divide.
The film also apparently is being used as a way to promote policy – pushing not from the DREAM Act, or AGJobs or CIR but rather equal protection under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which prevents children under a certain age from working and applies conditions for youth labor. On the official website of the film there is even a place for people to contact their local congressperson and senators.
I am certainly interested in seeing the film to do a full review. Screening information is here.
What do you all think?