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Harvest of Empire has a journalistic pedigree and a punch that comes from political advocacy…The filmmakers retain a touching faith that most Americans won’t tolerate injustice when they know about it. This film is meant to teach them.”
Rachel Saltz, The New York Times
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“For all the talk about immigration, rarely does the conversation veer into why so many Latinos have come to the United States. Harvest of Empire attempts to fill in the gaps, and the reasons don’t include some naive notion about streets being paved with gold.”
Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post
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“It lays out a historical overview of U.S. policy in Latin America, illuminating its direct role in decades of northward migration by millions of people…”Harvest” is itself a valuable resource: a good starting point for a fuller perspective on this nation of immigrants.
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
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“With the immigration debate currently consuming much of the current political climate, there’s no better time for the release of Harvest of Empire.”
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
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“As a social history of Latinos in America, it is provocative and fascinating”
Kerry Lengel, The Arizona Republic
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Four Stars! In an era of anti-immigrant fervor, this sobering and much-needed look at Latino migration is built on an undeniably optimistic premise: that once Americans have accurate facts, they rarely allow injustices to stand.”
Elizabeth Weitzman, the New York Daily News
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“Directors Peter Getzels and Eduardo Lopez wisely strip their argument of passion and pile on history and facts to highlight the U.S. role in the surge of immigrants crossing the border in the past century.”
Peter Hartlaub, the Houston Chronicle
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Harvest of Empire lays out an eye-opening alternative history of the Western Hemisphere.”
Devin D. O’Leary, Alibi.com
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“In 90 minutes, the audience got a historical and political tour of the Western hemisphere. Whatever you can say about the political slant of this documentary feature from 2012, it is one thorough lesson.”
Mukul Khurana, San Diego Free Press
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Harvest of Empire is a breakthrough documentary in the way it connects the historical interaction between the US and Latin America with the immigration debate. Using rarely seen newsreel footage and interviews with prominent migrants from countries in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America, the film puts a human face on an issue too often reduced to vulgar stereotyping. It has the effect of changing the discourse from one of “illegality” to “historical truth.”
Ed Morales, Univision News and Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

 

“I hope that Harvest of Empire gets a billion viewers, that it wins an Academy Award or an Emmy and that its producers and author strut at Cannes on a red carpet, if only as an expression that there’s a reward for telling the truth, doing good and getting an overdue conversation going between neighbors.”
Jose de la Isla, syndicated columnist
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Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America” presents a punchy history of a seldom-explored basis for the “immigration crisis,” of Latin American emigration after U.S. interventions”
Ray Pride, New City Film
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“A valiant attempt at making clear the bogglingly tangled web of migrant issues that face this nation.”
Paul Bower, Tiny Mix Tapes
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“The overall impact of Harvest of Empire is one that should be experienced by all Americans, at one point or another. It brings the viewer a step closer to understanding how their country got to be where it is today, and forces them to come to terms with reality—we are a nation of immigrants. We must never forget that.”
Sam Chapin, Highbrow Magazine
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For an interview with Producers Wendy Thompson-Marquez and Eduardo López in Filmmakers Magazine please click here