An important film on farm worker exploitation, released in 1990.
Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, H-2 WORKER reveals the systematic exploitation of Caribbean laborers by the Florida sugar industry from World War II through the 1990s. Each year more than 10,000 foreign workers were granted temporary guest worker (“H-2″) visas to spend six brutal months cutting sugar cane near Lake Okeechobee. They were housed in overcrowded barracks, denied adequate treatment for frequent on-the-job injuries, and paid less than minimum wage. Faced with deportation and soaring unemployment in their home countries, workers had little recourse but to silently accept these humiliating conditions.
Clandestinely filmed in the cane fields and around the workers’ barracks, H-2 WORKER exposes this travesty of justice, which remained a well-kept secret for decades.
Originally released in 1990, today H-2 WORKER provides an invaluable resource to understanding current debate over guest worker provisions of immigration legislation. While Florida’s sugar cane cutters have been replaced by mechanical harvesters, guest worker programs have expanded in agriculture, hotel, restaurant, forestry, and other industries. H-2 WORKER illuminates how our foreign worker program continues to benefit employers at the expense of vulnerable, underpaid workers.
The film has been accepted by American Public Television, but the filmmakers have to fund its broadcast. Please check out their Kickstarter and consider supporting this inspiring film.
Growing Cities: Let’s Get Urban Farming on PBS!
Goal: To raise $30,000 by July 9th to air this Fall
Kickstarter link: www.kck.st/1kDfhgP
another new film… Organic Rising.
Today’s food crisis is the civil rights movement of our time.
As Americans slowly awaken to the shocking realities of our industrial food system, interest and curiosity flourish across the country about what healthy food is and how to access it. With organic food sales projected to rise from $28 billion in 2012 to $264 billion in 2017, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Anthony Suau presents Organic Rising, an inside look at the obstructions and die hard determination to reclaim our right to healthy food.
Organic Rising is an eye opening journey into the heart of America’s organic food revolution. Seen through the eyes of seasoned pioneers, up-and-coming farmers and high-powered investors the documentary gives voice to their collective vision for a sustainable food system. Through breathtaking imagery and insightful interviews the film both informs and engages questioning consumers as well as aspiring farmers.
Following a year in the life of Austin, a hopeful organic farmer, and his skeptical girlfriend Casey, this illuminating documentary chronicles farm living and shows not only who grows your food, but also how it is grown. In the face of minute profit margins, passion alone fuels their commitment to shaping their local harvest, and in doing so, altering America’s agricultural landscape. A story filled with sun, rain, sweat, and blisters, the film depicts Austin and Casey’s passion for food and the earth, challenged by the financial and environmental hardships facing today’s farmers. The Organic Life is a portrait of sustainable farming in the 21st century and a revealing look at how the farm sustains its keepers.
Download it from iTunes today: http://bit.ly/1pEz1WG
Or buy the DVD here: https://www.createspace.com/394630
May 8, 2014
“Bad behavior is pretty rare in our industry,” one of the six young farmers profiled in “Farmland” tells us. Though he doesn’t elaborate, his comment’s lack of detail and depth is typical of a film that plays more like a feature-length advertisement than like a documentary. You keep expecting the camera to zoom in on a packet of bacon or a box of cereal.
A glance at the publicity notes, however, will tell you that this one-sided puff piece was “made with the generous support of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance,” a trade association formed in response to films like “Food, Inc.” Smooth and folksy, it traffics in broad, unchallenged claims that serve a single purpose: to persuade us that the only thing wrong with today’s farming methods is our misinformed perception of them.
Click HERE to read the full review!
Check out this important new film, which will be released in 17 days: Fed Up
featuring our friends at the Hudson Valley Seed Library among others.
First chance to see it will be on Earth Day in NYC- but ONLY if they pre-sell enough tickets on Gathr. About 60 tickets left to go before they guarantee the screening. Sign up! http://gathr.us/screening/7636
Calling all greenhorns, sustainable farmers, and local food groups…
BRING THE INSPIRATION OF GROWING CITIES TO YOUR COMMUNITY!
From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. A new documentary film, Growing Cities, tells the inspiring stories of these urban farmers, food justice advocates, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country feeds itself. Continue reading
Journey to the heart of coca country where United States tax dollars have financed the aerial fumigation of 2.6 million acres of land in Colombia – the world’s second most biodiverse country. See cropdusters target coca plants, the main ingredient of cocaine, with concentrated herbicide as part of the U.S. war on drugs. Listen to people on the ground, hear about the impacts, and learn new ideas about how to solve this deadly problem.
Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio–with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane–once again leapfrogs over earth-bound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven Soderbergh in Black and White digital 4K projection, VISITORS reveals humanity’s trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, VISITORS takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves.
ALUNA is made by and with the KOGI, a genuine lost civilization hidden on an isolated triangular pyramid mountain in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, nearly five miles high, on the Colombian-Caribbean coast. The Kogi say that without thought, nothing could exist. This is a problem, because we are not just plundering the world, we are dumbing it down, destroying both the physical structure and the thought underpinning existence. The Kogi believe that they live in order to care for the world and keep its natural order functioning, but they recognized some years ago that this task was being made impossible by our mining and deforestation. In 1990 they emerged to work with Alan Ereira, making a 90-minute film for BBC1 in which they dramatically warned of our need to change course. Then they withdrew again… Continue reading
For over two years, director Matt Anderson traveled 16,000 miles to document firsthand our modern industrial world and the environmental destruction in its wake. In the process, he discovered exciting strategies to help humanity transcend the coming ecological and psychological crisis.
Some of today’s most progressive thinkers, from anthropologists and bio-architects to psychologists and journalists collectively recreate a story of humanity and the history of Earth, illuminating a desperately needed new path for us to take. Fall and Winter is a survival guide for the 21st Century.