First Look | Harvest of Empire

14 03 2013

Max Pons

The proud and untold history of Latinos in American is presented in all of its glory in the new documentary, Harvest of Empire, which gives a voice to so many of the voiceless!

Based on Juan González’s book, of the same name, the film spotlights one of the hot-button issues of the day, immigration reform. At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, this feature-length documentary reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.

“We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies
are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us,” says González. The film takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.

From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S.

“They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades — actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north,” says Juan González at the beginning of the film.

Harvest of Empire opens in theaters on March 15.

Check out the trailer for the film, below:

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