August 22, 2014

TPA Film Night, The Harvest/La Cosecha, August 1

 

The Topanga Peace Alliance will screen The Harvest/La Cosecha on Friday August 1 at the Topanga Library.

In some countries, children pick crops for 14 hours a day. The United States is one of those countries.

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. The Harvest is the story of the children who work 12-14 hour days in the fields without the protection of child labor laws and shows how these young farm workers sacrifice their own childhoods to help their families survive.

The award-winningdocumentary provides a window into a different world as the film profiles three families 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.

Executive Producer Eva Longoria and director U. Robert Romano, gives us an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12–14 hours a day, seven days a week to feed America.

La Cosecha closes with the portraits of a handful of successful people who grew up in the fields, showing hope and inspiration while reminding us how few emerge unscathed by the obstacles portrayed in the film. There will be a discussion following the film.

The Topanga Library is located at 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., 90290. Bring something to share for the vegetarian snack potluck, such as cheese, dip, fruit or crackers, and non-alcoholic beverages. The potluck begins at 7:15 p.m. with the screening at 7:30 p.m. A $10 donation is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. For further information please contact Debbie at Debbieinla@outlook.com. The event is ADA compliant with elevator access and headphones for those who need a little extra volume.