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Harvest of Empire

This 2012 feature-length documentary [90 minutes] examines the direct connection between the long history of United States intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.

Occupy San Miguel presents
Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America.
Mon, Jun 23, 1pm
TV Room
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15

Recently the news from the US showed haunting pictures of children and families detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.). These officials said 47,017 children traveling without parents had been caught crossing the southwest border since October 1; a 92-percent increase over the same period in 2013.This is equivalent to building a city the size of Roswell, New Mexico, in nine months. Most of these children are coming from three Central American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. In 2015, I.C.E. expects 142, 000 children traveling without parents to cross the border into the US.

Harvest of Empire takes a fresh look at the role that US economic and military interests played in triggering these unprecedented waves of migration that are transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape. From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the US control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, the film unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the US. “They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades — actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north,” says Juan González at the beginning of the film.

The film provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely noted triumphs of our nation’s growing Latino community. It features present day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material, as well as interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Dr. Lorenzo Meyer, journalists Maria Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, Grammy award-winning singer Luis Enrique, and poet Martín Espada.

The filmmakers tell their story with a deep underlying conviction that once Americans have accurate facts, “they rarely allow injustices to stand.” The film will be followed by a discussion. There is no charge.



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