ROCLA & Veterans for Peace Chap. 23
Present the Documentary “Harvest of Empire”
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Downtown United Presbyterian Church
121 North Fitzhugh St. Rochester
Free of charge; Wheelchair Accessible; Looped for the hearing impaired
Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America is a 2012 feature-length documentary film based on the book Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, written by journalist Juan Gonzàlez. The film was directed by Peter Getzels and Eduardo Lòpez, and premiered in New York and Los Angeles on September 28, 2012. Note that Harvest of Empire is a full-length documentary. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) shows an extremely high rating of 7.8 for this movie. The first review is titled, “Powerful and stirring, a must-see educational movie to promote awareness about the true origins of Latino communities in US.”
The film examines the role of the United States military and economic interests in Latin American countries. It documents the relationship between United States’ intervention in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, and the surge of migration from those nations.
The film links this exodus to the present massive Latino population in the United States. Also discussed are the wars fought for United States
colonial expansion into Puerto Rico, Cuba, and over half of Mexico. It documents the covert actions by the United States to install dictatorships in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.
The film features interviews with Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, Jesse Jackson, executive director of the ACLU Anthony Romero, Junot Diaz, Lorenzo Meyer, Maria Hinojosa, Geraldo Rivera, musician Luis Enrique, Border Angels founder Enrique Morones, and poet Martin Espada.
ROCLA (Rochester Committee on Latin America) VFP (Veterans for Peace), Chapter 23, Rochester, NY
Arnie Matlin, Secretary 585-768-6277