At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, the documentary Harvest of Empire examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González ("Democracy Now!"), the film takes an unflinching look at the role U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration. 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 most U.S. citizens. The film features present-day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material and interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Dr. Lorenzo Meyer, journalists Maria Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, Grammy award-winning singer Luis Enrique and poet Martín Espada. Official Web Site

Directors:

Peter Getzels, Eduardo López

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

1hr 33mins

Release Year:

2012

Country Of Origin:

USA