Harvest of Dignity

Harvest of Dignity

Minnow Media's Harvest of Dignity and UNC-TV's Harvest of Dignity: Digging Deeper
*Premiered on UNC-TV August 16, 2012*
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About Harvest of Dignity
November 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the broadcast of Edward R. Murrow's groundbreaking documentary, HARVEST OF SHAME. "These are the men, women and children who harvest the crops in this country of ours - the best fed nation on earth," said Murrow. "These are the forgotten people, the under-protected, the under-educated, the under-fed."

Murrow, a native of North Carolina, explored issues of housing, pay and education for farmworkers. He visited farm labor camps and fields up and down the eastern U.S. with several stops in North Carolina. The program revealed many shortcomings in the system of agriculture and led to new legislation.

Today, the North Carolina economy still depends on more than 180,000 migrant and seasonal workers to pick fruits and vegetables by hand and to process poultry. With the recent re-examination of immigration policies and the growing public concerns about food safety, it is time to take a new look at the issues raised 50 years ago. What has changed for farmworkers since 1960? And what has not changed?

HARVEST OF DIGNITY is a documentary that explores farmworker living conditions in several eastern counties (Greene, Pitt, Lenoir and Northampton) as well as the mountain region on North Carolina.

This new 30-minute program features stories about farmworker families and their struggles. The producers interviewed farmworkers, attorneys, healthworkers, ministers and advocates who explained the unfortunate conditions in farmworker housing and working conditions. Producers visited a camp still standing in Elizabeth City that was featured HARVEST OF SHAME. They also visited a student leadership program, Levante, that gives hope to farmworker children.

HARVEST OF DIGNITY was produced by Donna Campbell of Minnow Media, an Emmy Award winning production company in Carrboro. The program was funded by Oxfam America, The North Carolina Arts Council, and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

The documentary Harvest of Dignity draws parallels between the oppressive work conditions surrounding North Carolina's farm laborers in the 1950's and conditions that exist today, raising anew issues and questions about the state of farm worker rights, fair treatment, and advocacy. Following the broadcast, join host Deborah Holt Noel with a panel of activists and stakeholders for a discussion about action steps and citizen participation.

Visit the official Harvest of Dignity website by clicking here.



About Harvest of Dignity: Digging Deeper
The documentary Harvest of Dignity draws parallels between the oppressive work conditions and poverty endured by North Carolina's migrant farmworkers in the 1960's to those of today, raising anew moral and legal questions about farmworkers rights to fair and decent treatment.

Following the broadcast, UNC-TV producer Deborah Holt Noel addresses these questions in Harvest of Dignity: Digging Deeper, a roundtable discussion with Melinda Wiggins, Executive Director of Student Action with Farmworkers; Dr. Ricky L. Langley, Chairman of the North Carolina Pesticide Board, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at North Carolina State University, and Public Health Physician with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; and Dr. Thomas Arcury, a professor of family medicine and director of the Center for Worker Health at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Click Here for Resources and Statistics on North Carolina Farmworkers & Related Issues.