HARVEST OF EMPIRE - documentary film
The documentary takes a decades-long trip through a roiled Latin America compacted into 90 rollercoaster minutes. It is based loosely on New York Daily News columnist Juan González’s book of the same name. López co-directed it with Peter Getzels. Through historical footage and bridging narratives by González, Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, acclaimed Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz and others, it helps explain how in the approaching mid-21st century, half of the U.S. population will trace its origin not to Europe but to Latin America.
Without fanfare, Harvest of Empire had captured enough attention to yield extended showings in both the Laemmle Playhouse in Los Angeles and the Quad Theater in New York as it makes the case that the mass migration is a direct result of U.S. foreign policy.
U.S.-backed despots and dictators and their heavy-handed rule have led to what Hispanic Link columnist José de la Isla refers to “migrations and unavoidable personal epics…This is not about chauvinism, fake patriotism or ideology, but about understanding the underlying plot,” he says. Harvest of Empire bares the circumstances that drove millions out of Central America, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and our own commonwealth of Puerto Rico. “The documentary is history, sociology and foreign policy combined. It is reality.”
- At the Movies: HARVEST OF EMPIRE The Untold Story of Latinos in America (lawprofessors.typepad.com)