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The Harvest (La Cosecha)

1h 27m Documentary 2010

In some countries, children pick crops for 14 hours a day. The United States is one of those countries.

Suggested age group: 10+

Download the Discussion Guide and Companion Curriculum. Although these guides are made for the American curriculum they should still be helpful for information, themes, great discussion points and exercises.

Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The Harvest/La Cosecha profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest.

This award-winning documentary provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.