Discussions Magazine

By: Stephen SPAZ Schnee

For decades, the news headlines have been filled with horror stories about hazardous and harmful child labor practices in countries all over the world. We’ve read about the terrible working conditions, the long hours and the low pay, yet these articles have always concentrated on countries that seemed light years away from our comfy, cozy world. If you think that you aren’t affected by the exploitation of child laborers, think again.

The Harvest (La Cosecha), a new documentary from director U. Roberto Romano, spotlights three children (ages 12 to 16) from migrant families who endure the very same hardships that we’ve heard about over and over again in the news, but the major, and perhaps most shocking, difference is that these children are based here in America!
While the issue of immigration is a hot political topic all across the U.S., the atrocious working conditions of young migrant farm workers is seldom, if ever, addressed by vote-seeking politicians. The Harvest readdresses the situation, giving these children a name, a face and a voice: The Harvest makes the subject matter very real and very human. It is a touching and moving piece of filmmaking, yet the strength and determination of the film’s three main protagonists (Zulema, Pearla and Victor) is ultimately inspiring.
The film was produced by Shine Global, Inc., a company dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of children worldwide through the production of documentary films. Actress Eva Longoria, one of the stars of the immensely popular TV series Desperate Housewives, came on board as an executive producer, helping to raise enough funds to help complete the film. Longoria has long been an advocate for farm workers and was eager to help raise awareness of the plight of these children, most of whom have never experienced the joys of childhood.
Stephen SPAZ Schnee was able to catch up with Eva and discuss the film and the ongoing child labor issues here in the U.S….
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