About the Documentary


In a rural hospital, a little boy is born without arms and legs because of pesticide exposure. In the fields nearby, a foreman steals half of his employees’ paychecks. In a trailer at the edge of town, twenty five men share two stoves and one bathroom. “Canaries in the Field” immerses us in the experience of America’s migrant laborer, some undocumented and some carrying the controversial H-2A visa. The film takes a trip south of the border to tell the stories of the lives and families of the men and women who pick the fruit, vegetables and tobacco of our agro-industry. The abuses inherent to the H-2A visa guest-worker system explain why the majority of our agricultural workforce remains foreign-born and calls into question: how much has our food industry really improved since Emancipation in 1865?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: