Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Harvest of Empire" screening in NYC & LA -- how wave of immigration was brought on by US

Harvest of Empire screening in your area on Sept. 28th for just one week!

Harvest of Empire, directed by Peter Getzels and Eduardo Lopez (also producer), is based on a book by award-winning journalist, author, and Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez.

The documentary reveals how United States foreign policy toward Latin America has had, and still does, a direct effect on the immense wave of Latin American migration to the U.S. In fact, the countries that the U.S. has had the most political and economic influence like Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, and Guatemala are the ones that have sent the most people to this country.

"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 the great majority of citizens in the U.S." reads the documentary's official Website.

SOA Watch’s founder Father Roy Bourgeois is featured on this documentary as he is interviewed about the School of the Americas. The film makes special mention to the School of the Americas and how most of the human rights abuses and the massacres in El Salvador in the 80s, including the killing of the nuns and the murder of Archbishop Romero, were done by people trained at the School of the Americas. The film also connects to the great number of people fleeing civil wars in their countries, like in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador in which the United States government played a key role in backing one side or the other.

Democracy Now!, hosted by Amy Goodman, did a one-hour segment on the documentary on September 25th.

The film will premiere in Los Angeles and New York on September 28th for just one week.

New York, Quad Cinema
Opens on September 28
34 W 13th St # B, New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-2243
Get tickets here

Los Angeles, Laemmle Theater
11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 478-1041
Opens on September 28 Get tickets here

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