Eva Longoria Parker to Executive Produce Child Farm Worker Documentary
‘Harvest' from non-profit production company Shine Global, will be ready in early 2010
By David Tanklefsky -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/13/2009 12:00:00 PM
Filed at 1:16 p.m. EST on Mar. 13, 2009
It might not be something one could imagine her Desperate Housewives character doing but Eva Longoria Parker is lending her talents to help illuminate the plight of 500,000 child farm workers. Parker is executive producing Harvest, the second documentary film project by Shine Global, a non-profit production company that covers serious global issues like children's physical, emotional, and social well-being.
"Eva is not only a successful actress but a social activist with a long-standing interest in both migrant worker concerns and the plight of children," said Albie Hecht, co-founder of Shine Global in a statement. Hecht will also be executive producing the documentary along with his wife, Susan MacLaury, and Parker. "[Parker] was eager to contribute to Harvest because it addresses both concerns. Like us, Eva believes in the power of documentary as a means to give children a voice through film," he said.
Harvest tells the stories of children and their families as they travel long distances to harvest crops across the United States. Many of the children, unprotected by law, suffer injuries and exposure to pesticides, and work long hours in extremely hot conditions without minimum wage. However, the documentary also chronicles the successes of many of the children despite the great challenges.
"It is a cruel irony that the families and children that feed and clothe us often don't have enough food or money to feed and clothe themselves and continue to be discriminated against legally in America today," said U. Roberto Romano, director/producer of the project.
Shine's first documentary War/Dance told the story of three Ugandan children who were displaced into refuge camps against the backdrop of the country's 20 year civil war. The film won more than 20 festival awards and was nominated for an Academy Award on 2008 for best documentary.
This is a very serious issue and needs to be address not only to the public but to the white house everyone in office. this is the united state its time for change!
Thanx Eva Longoria parker for the Documentary
Martha M. Bautista - 9/16/2010 5:57:40 PM EDT
I'm so happy that words cannot begin to even express how I feel. Coming from a family of immigrants who worked the fields for a living I feel a great appreciation for Eva for bringing this awareness to the world!
If there is anything that I can do to HELP, please let me know. Can't wait to see Harvest.
Yolanda Araujo - 10/20/2009 11:44:26 PM EDT
I am so excited about this documentary. It is good to know people are aware of the problems and are willing to showcase it. I am a migrant student at Cal State Long Beach and am a part of a small club called United Migrant Student Association. It is composed of sons and daughters of migrant workers, or migrant workers themselves. We bring awareness to the campus and put on a big event to honor Cesar Chavez with guest speakers, food, music, entertainment, and speeches.
I would like to know if we could help out in any way or would like to know more information on the documentary itself becasue it is a great wat to aware others.
Cynthia Herrera - 9/11/2009 12:41:25 PM EDT
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