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Harvest of Empire (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 28 September 2012 (USA)
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A powerful documentary that exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. From the territorial ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Junot Diaz ...
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Luis Enrique ...
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Juan Gonzalez ...
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Maria Hinojosa ...
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Anthony Romero ...
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A powerful documentary that exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. From the territorial expansionist policies that decimated the young economies of Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire provides an unflinching look at the origins of the growing Latino presence in the United States. Adapted from the landmark book written by journalist Juan Gonzalez, the film tells the story of an epic human saga that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S., but must become part of our national conversation about immigration. Written by Anonymous

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,321, 15 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,566, 17 March 2013
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A documentary more Americans need to watch
24 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a subject Americans don't know enough about and it is great to have a documentary that beats down the walls of patriotic rhetoric Americans have been force fed for decades in their schools. Only when the majority of Americans start recognizing the problems they face internally and externally, on this road to democracy, can they correct them.

U.S. foreign policy hasn't changed and it won't till the walls of ignorance are beaten down.

As an example in conjunction with MI6 the CIA helped overthrow the only democratic gov't Iran ever had. Why? Iran wanted to nationalize their oil. The U.S. and Britain put a dictator in power who represented Western interests and that leader brutalized the people (murder, torture and jail). When the desperate populace finally overthrew the dictator they ended up inadvertently putting another dictator in power. Since this dictator didn't represent American interests the U.S. funded a war between Iran and Iraq to overthrow him. During this period the American gov't didn't blink an eye when he gassed the Kurds. The same weapons they later condemned Saddam Hussein for having were some of the same weapons they supplied him with during his war with Iran. All of this information is public knowledge and in 2013 even the CIA acknowledged their involvement in the overthrow of Iran's only democratic leadership.

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