Harvet of Loneliness–documentary on Braceros program

by Stuart Elliott

This fall between Labor Day and Hispanic Heritage Month, many PBS stations are screening a documentary that sheds light on the current debate over immigration reform and the use of “guest workers” in American agriculture. Harvest of Loneliness examines what was known as the Bracero Program–a system put in place from 1942 to 1964 to undermine union organizing by recruiting Mexican farm laborers for temporary work in the United States. The film presents extraordinary archival footage and features family members and surviving braceros who typically went north expecting not just good wages but also humane treatment and working conditions-expectations that were rarely met.

“Harvest of Loneliness” has received positive reviews at film festivals and screenings worldwide, earning the Cinelatino Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival in 2010 and the Best Educational Film Award at the Amsterdam Film Festival in 2011.  Harvest of Loneliness was produced by Gilbert Gonzalez, Professor Emeritus of Chicana/o Studies at UC Irvine, and co-directed by Vivian Price, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Labor Studies at CSU Dominguez Hills.  I saw  it during the 2010 Oklahoma Labor Fest and recommend it highly.

The film is showing in many PBS stations around the country in September and October. Check your local listings, but here are the ones the producers have provided.

KPBS in San Diego will broadcast this program on 9/5 at 10 PM
KLCS Los Angeles, September 25, 10pm
KQED San Francisco, Wed, Sep 21, 2011 — 9:00am
Wed, Sep 21, 2011 — 12:00pm
KRCB Sonoma, County, September 13, 9pm
Arizona Public Television, ASU Tucson    KAET, Eight, Phoenix
WSIU-HD (8.1) in Carbondale, IL and WUSI-HD (16.1) in Olney, IL Wed, Sept 21, 2011, at 11pm.
WVPT Harrisburg, VA
WXEL West Palm Beach, FLA
WXXI Rochester, NY,
Louisiana Public Television
Nebraska ETV  9AM on October 5th on our ETV World channel MPTV Milwaukee, Sept. 18 11:00pm AOL TV Johnson City, TN KOCE  on  Sunday Sept 28th at 5PM  and digital channel Tues 20th at 1 and 5 pm.
KCTS 9 401 Mercer Street  Seattle, WA 98109  Thursday, 10/6, at 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10/9, at 2:00 a.m.
WHUT-HD  Sat, 09/24/2011           22:00:00   and     Sun, 09/25/2011          02:00:00
KSPS-TV Spokane, Washington on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM Pacific Time.
KCET in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 15, 2011, starting at about 9:35 p.m.

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