Harvest of Loneliness (2010)

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Hidden within the historical accounts of minorities, workers and immigrants in American society is the story of the millions of Mexico's men and women who experienced the temporary contract... See full summary »
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Hidden within the historical accounts of minorities, workers and immigrants in American society is the story of the millions of Mexico's men and women who experienced the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero Program. Established to replace an alleged wartime labor shortage, research reveals that the Program intended to undermine farm worker unionization. Harvest shows how several million men, in one of the largest state managed migrations in history, were imported from 1942 to 1964 to work as cheap, controlled and disposable workers. The documentary features the men and women speaking of their experiences and addresses what to expect from a new temporary contract worker program. The politics of the Bracero Program laid the foundation for Mexican workers to follow the path to the US. NAFTA further impoverished the farmers of Mexico, and another generation of Mexicans and Mexican Americans demand a just immigration policy. The film is profoundly relevant to ... Written by Anonymous

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20 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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Cosecha Triste See more »

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an emotional yet important film
2 October 2011 | by rrflores00See all my reviews

It was hard for me to watch this film because my father did come to the US as part of the Bracero Program. I knew that the agricultural work was hard and that he was taken advantage of by both the US and Mexican government, but to see and hear the words on film had a much greater impact than just hearing his stories. I grew up in the Central Valley of California in a Labor Camp. I remember working as a child with my parents in the fields. I also remember when the Bracero Program ended and picking lemons in Santa Barbara county as a teenager. Many men could not do the work and those that did could only earn a few dollars a day(we were paid by the box). It was not unusual to work 12 hours to earn only $5(no,it wasn't a lot even in 1964). I don't know if it was a feeling of shame at being poor but I never spoke of this to anyone outside the family. The money that was taken from them, supposedly as a pension was stolen by the Mexican government. I had hoped that my father would get some of the money back during the Reimbursement this year, but the Mexican government put up so many barriers for non Mexican citizens(he became a US citizen in 1965) that he could not obtain the "right" documents in time for the cut off date. This is an important story. My father feels blessed to have been part of the Bracero Program he was hard working and intelligent and was able to send money home to his mother and sister in Mexico and was able to help me attend and graduate from college. Like many immigrants he loves the US and still has deep feelings for Mexico.


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