Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

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Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America
Harvest of Empire theatrical release poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Getzels
Eduardo López
Produced by Wendy Thompson-Marquez
Eduardo López
Written by Juan González
Narrated by Juan Gonzalez
Edited by Peter Getzels
Catherine Shields
Release dates
September 2012
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America is a 2012 feature-length[1] documentary film based on the book of the same name, written by journalist Juan González.[2] The film was directed by Peter Getzels and Eduardo López,[3] and premiered in New York and Los Angeles on September 28.[4]

The film examines the role of the United States military and economic interests[1] in Latin American countries. It documents the relationship between United States' intervention in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, and the unprecedented surge of migration from those nations. It links this exodus to the present massive Latino population in the United States.[1][1] and the current immigration crisis.[5][6] Also discussed are the wars fought for United States territorial expansion into Puerto Rico, Cuba, and over half of Mexico.[1] It documents the covert actions by the United States to install dictatorships in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.[1]

The film features interviews with Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, Jesse Jackson, executive director of the ACLU Anthony Romero, Junot Diaz, Lorenzo Meyer, Maria Hinojosa, Geraldo Rivera, musician Luis Enrique, and poet Martin Espada.[1]

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