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The Harvest/La Cosecha (2011)

Zulema Lopez , Perla Sanchez , U. Roberto Romano  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zulema Lopez, Perla Sanchez, Victor Huapilla
  • Directors: U. Roberto Romano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FIXA6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,526 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest. From the Producers of the Academy-Award® nominated film, WAR/DANCE and Executive Producer Eva Longoria, this award-winning documentary provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and thought provoking June 27, 2012
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I first saw this at a CABE conference in March. Many of the audience in tears. I teach ESL teens in Oakland and some of them have worked in fields and most of them have parents or other relatives that live like this.

Coincidently the movie relates to several sections in our text books( Visions or High Point) and thus provides a useful jump off point and discussion area. I devised 20 questions to provide a framework to use in follow up writing. I would absolutely recommend this film for not just ELD/ESL but also for teachers of social sciences,Civics, and Politics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film for critical reflection June 28, 2013
This is a documentary that studies a topic that very few people know about or care to know about: children in the fields. Unlike children who work in the parents' farms the three children who appear in this film work in the fields as a result of necessity due to the migrant lifestyle they are forced to carry due to their poverty. The lives of these three children and their families are difficult to swallow for those who think that the U.S. can provide opportunities for all. The reality is that it rather makes reflect about how severe and chronic poverty in the U.S. is. I showed this film in my U.S. history class and my students found it informative and now they have knowledge about the difficulties of life in the fields. This movie will make you appreciate life and the hard work of these migrant manual laborers. Worth every penny!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening view of migrant workers November 16, 2012
By Jenny
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I bought this movie for a class that I teach. I liked the fact that it provided a balanced and realistic view of migrant workers, their children, and the issues they are faced with in the US. It wasn't over the top negative or positive. It's a good documentary for audiences of all ages and interests.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the classroom- a must-see May 12, 2013
I teach high school Spanish and was THRILLED to come across a realistic portrayal of, essentially, the child labor atrocities taking place in our country today. My relatively naive high schoolers were fascinated and shocked to see how we get our produce here in the United States and the lengths farms and corporations go to to keep costs down- that is after all what it comes down to. There was quite a bit of Spanish that helped them as well. I did a whole unit off this unit.
A must-see for all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Guess I Gotta Be The First Hater April 20, 2013
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The subject matter of this film easily is a 5, however, how it translated through this particular film isn't as good as I thought it could have been.

It doesn't seem like the camera is as embedded with these hard-luck travelers as in Which Way Home or Nine Star Hotel. Never got to really know the main subjects and, being that they were youngsters, would have been nice to follow them for 4 years to see their growth.

The film H2 Worker also would be a film with a similar topic but with a bigger impact than this one. Maybe more data and less slow moments would have better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars La cruda realidad April 23, 2014
By M S
I teach Spanish IV AP and I showed this film after having read "Cajas de Carton." I can say that most of my students were in shock by seeing the reality of child labor in the United States. IIf some of them would complain before on being deprived and poor, that is not the case anymore.
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