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 While Florida’s sugar cane cutters have been replaced by mechanical harvesters, guest worker programs have expanded in agriculture, hotel, restaurant, forestry, and other industries.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!