CHLS Film "Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program"

August 11, 2010

In a new documentary, The Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program, Gonzalez and Vivian Price explore the historical accounts of migrant Mexican farm workers brought into the U.S. from 1942-1964 under the temporary worker program known as the Bracero Program. This 58-minute documentary has been presented in various cities across the nation. 

Showing of the documentary “Harvest of Loneliness” a recent recipient of a Latino International Film Festival Award for its powerful collection of the oral history of “braceros” one of the largest state managed migrations in history. Mexican workers were imported from 1942 to 1964 to work as cheap, controlled and disposable workers. The documentary features the men speaking of their experiences and addresses what to expect from a new temporary contract worker program. This is a very important contribution to the current national dialogue about immigration reform.  

Panel dialogue with  co-directors Dr. Gilbert Gonzalez, labor and education historian, Professor Emeritus UC Irvine and Dr. Vivian Price, Assistant Professor, Labor Studies and Labor Films producer, California State University, Domínguez Hills. Dr. Luis Arroyo, Professor, labor historian, Department of Chicano and Latino Studies will also participate in the panel. There will be a catered reception. Sponsors: Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, the Office of the President, College of Liberal Arts and Student Services.  Location: Anatol Conference in AS Bldg., Questions? Victor M. Rodriguez]