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H-2 worker [videorecording] /
Docurama ; produced in association with Valley Filmworks, Inc. ; produced and directed by Stephanie Black.
imprint
New York, NY : Docurama Films : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, c2008.
description
1 videodisc (ca. 70 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN
0767098099, 9780767098090
format(s)
DVD
Holdings
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imprint
New York, NY : Docurama Films : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, c2008.
isbn
0767098099
9780767098090
standard identifier
767685989234
publisher #
NNVG9892
contents note
Farm Worker Program acceptance -- A ton of cane an hour -- "Hereditary urge" -- Not much sugar in cane -- From barracks to bus to field -- American labor doesn't want that job -- A matter of simple arithmetic -- My turn to get cut -- The probability is not there -- The Okeelanta strike -- See you next season -- Credits.
credits note
Cinematography, Maryse Alberti ; edited by John Mullen ; original music by Mutabaruka ; consultant, Nancy Baker ; research, Jo Applebaum, Elia Suleiman, Cathy Lewis, Jacob Berger, Jan Baracz.
general note
Originally produced as an American documentary in 1990.
Special features: Update on the guest worker program (19 min.); Short: "More than luck" (1 min.); Trailer: "Life and debt" (2 min.); Audio commentary by director Stephanie Black [optional]; About Docurama [text feature]; Docurama trailers (9 min.).
performer
Commentators, Probyn W. Aitken, Dalton Yancey, Tom Breunning, Michael Manley, Tom Downey, Bill Bradley; letters to and from workers read by Homer Heron, George Cesvette, Oliver Stephenson, Delroy Hunter, Jervis Anderson, King David, Belinda Goffe.
abstract
Since World War II, the United States has been issuing H-2 licenses for seasonal farm workers. These workers are meant to be covered by the same laws as regular workers, but these rules are not often followed. While America complains about cheap foreign labor, it uses--and abuses--millions of foreign laborers who do jobs that American workers refuse to do. These people work in heavily subsidized industries, producing the food that North America demands, and because we are unwilling to pay more for that food, employers do not treat these workers with basic human dignity or respect. This film examines the plight of Jamaicans brought to spend six brutal months cutting sugar cane near Lake Okeechobee, Florida, in the late 1980's. There are thousands of H-2 workers in the U.S. in 2008, and their circumstances have not improved with the passing of years. Originally released in 1990, this documentary provides an invaluable resource to understanding current debate over guest worker provisions of immigration legislation. While Florida's sugar cane cutters have been replaced by mechanical harvesters, guest worker programs have expanded in agriculture, hotel, restaurant, forestry, and other industries.
language note
In English with optional subtitles in Spanish.
catalogue key
10580386
technical details
DVD video; NTSC; Dolby Digital stereo.

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