COSECHA LATINA series, in association with the UCI Latin American Film Festival:
Thursday, May 20
World Premiere of
HARVEST OF LONELINESS: THE BRACERO PROGRAM
Followed by Q & A with director
co-sponsored by the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies and the Department of Film and Media Studies
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Hidden within the historical accounts of minorities, workers and immigrants in U.S. 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 was intended to undermine farmworker unionization. Blending rare archival footage and photographs together with recent interviews, HARVEST OF LONELINESS 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. This documentary features former braceros speaking of their experiences and addresses what to expect from a new temporary contract worker program.
Gilbert G. González is Professor Emeritus, and Historian in the Chicano/Latino Studies Department. He is the author of several books: CHICANO EDUCATION IN THE ERA OF SEGREGATION, CULTURE OF EMPIRE: AMERICAN WRITERS, MEXICO AND MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS, and co-author with Raúl Fernández of CHICANO HISTORY: EMPIRE, NATIONS AND MIGRATION.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE XI LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL, PLEASE GO TO: http://www.humanities.uci.edu/spanishandportuguese/conf2010/