California Reads programs are made possible with support from Cal Humanities in partnership with California Center for the Book. For interviews with the filmmakers, contact Vivian Price at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Harvest of Loneliness screenings, contact branch staff at the Vista Branch (760) 643-5100 or the El Cajon Branch (619) 588-3718.
Meet the filmmakers during premier at local libraries
February 25, 2012 (El Cajon)--From 1942 to 1964, millions of Mexico's men and their families participated in the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero program. Harvest of Loneliness is a documentary that tells the story of men, women, and children whose lives were changed by this program.
San Diego County Library will host the first public screenings of the film in San Diego County, followed by discussions with filmmakers Gilbert Gonzalez and Vivian Price. Vista Library will host the first screening, 700 Eucalyptus Ave, on Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m. The second screening is at the El Cajon Library, 201 E Douglas Ave, on Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m.
This program is part of California Reads, a statewide program developed by Cal Humanities in collaboration with California Center for the Book to examine the meaning and nature of democracy.
Over the span of two decades, the Bracero Program left women and children in villages that had been emptied of men, causing distress, dire poverty and sometimes, permanent separation. The documentary features first-hand accounts from those impacted by the program.
Filmmakers Gonzalez and Price have both been professors in California, and are excited to bring the documentary to SDCL for its premiere in San Diego County, which shares a border with Mexico.
"The public library is the perfect place for civic engagement and meaningful dialogue about our shared history and what democracy means to each of us," said Program Services Manager Pat Downs. "The Bracero Program is an important part of U.S. and Mexican history that is not very well known. This screening and discussion provide a wonderful opportunity for families and neighbors to learn more about their shared history and for the generations to tell their stories."