Harvest of Loneliness

On Friday, March 18th the CVUUF Community Forum was proud to present the powerful documentary “Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program”.  The film was presented by the filmmakers, Gilbert Gonzales and Vivian Price who were introduced by José M. Alamillo, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Coordinator of the Chicano/a Studies Program at California State University, Channel Islands.

Following the screening there was an informative, emotional discussion with members of the audience, many of whom had parents or grandparents who were in the Bracero Program.  We extend a heartfelt thanks to all who attended, and especially to those who shared their insightful, personal perspective on these tragic events.

Harvest of Loneliness:
The Bracero Program

Shedding light on the current debate over immigration reform and the use of “guest workers” in American agriculture, this historical documentary examines what was known as the Bracero Program—a system put in place from 1942 to 1964 to recruit Mexican farm laborers for temporary work in the United States.

The film presents ample testimony from surviving braceros as well as family members and descendants of these displaced workers, who typically went north expecting not just high wages but also humane treatment and working conditions—expectations that were rarely if ever met. Featured experts include Mexican activist and politician Victor Quintana, Bracero Program in California author Henry Anderson, and several others.

WINNER OF THE CINELATINO AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY AT THE 14TH LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

A downloadable, printable pdf file of this event is HERE

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  • Community Forum Photos by Jon Delorey (except where noted)
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