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Program 16: The Workers Behind Your Food

  • Cinema Village Theater Three 22 E 12th St New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Guess Who's Coming To Breakfast?

A charming and eye-opening live action short documentary, that reminds us of the tens of thousands of underpaid and unprotected workers who help get our daily meals into our fridges and on the table. You won’t look at your breakfast the same way again. Produced by Sekou Luke for The Food Chain Workers Alliance, a national coalition to fight for and protect the workplace rights of food industry workers. 3 minutes

One Penny More & Día Internacional de la Mujer

One Penny More: By leveraging its high-volume purchasing power, the U.S. supermarket industry plays an active role in farmworker exploitation. Publix Supermarkets, Ahold USA (parent company of Stop & Shop and Giant) and Kroger all pack a very heavy punch when it comes to their market power in the produce industry. And with great power comes great responsibility — both for the poverty and brutal working conditions from which they have profited for so many years, and for the work of reforming farm labor conditions in their supply chains that lies ahead. If the goal of a more modern, more humane Florida tomato industry is to be fully realized, the supermarket giants must do their part. 2 minutes
Dia Internacional de la Mujer: In March of 2013, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their allies embarked on a 200-mile march from Ft. Myers, FL to Lakeland, FL, home to supermarket Giant, calling on the grocery chain to enter into the CIW’s Fair Food Program, a unique partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and participating buyers that guarantees farmworkers’ human rights and increased pay. The marchers gathered on International Women's Day to reflect on the women in their lives -- on women in the fields, on the women marching beside them, and on the women who have guided them to this moment in their lives.
The day was a celebration of the role of women in the fight to expand and protect human rights, from start to finish. The march was fueled along the way by a high-spirited soundtrack of female artists, and animation from the sound truck leading the march was led by everyone from the CIW's extraordinary Lupe Gonzalo. 3 minutes.

Hard Labor

Working conditions on the banana and pineapple plantations of Latin America are tough... here workers tell of trade union persecution, low wages and exposure to pesticides... made for the Make Fruit Fair campaign - to find out more about the social and environmental impacts of pesticides in Costa Rica. 5 minutes

The Harvest

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. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA profiles these three as they journey 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. From the Producers of the Academy-Award® Nominated film, WAR/DANCE and Executive Producer Eva Longoria, this award-winning documentary provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America. 80 minutes 

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