The Harvest/La Cosecha DVD & Curriculum

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.  From the Producers of the Academy-Award® nominated film WAR/DANCE and Executive Producer Eva Longoria, THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA, 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.

The award-winning documentary film follows three children Perla, Zulema and  Victor ages 12 – 16, as they follow the crops they harvest, their lives governed by climate, demand, trade, and the greater economy. 

We are looking to give away 20 DVD’s and related curriculum to high school teachers looking to share this story with their students.  Take advantage of this offer, you won’t be disappointed!

If you’d like to be one of 20 high school educators who wins a copy of this documentary and related teaching materials, please fill out this form.  Remember, only the first 20 entries will win.


A letter to educators from the filmmakers:

THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA, tells the stories of 3 of the estimated 400,000 American child migrant farm workers who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. They earn no overtime and no sick days and often do not even receive a minimum wage.  They work from the age of 12 in all weather extremes exposed to pesticides in what is the most dangerous occupation for minors in the United States of America.  This is legal in America because the Fair Labor Standards Act, enacted in 1938, excluded agriculture and thus left thousands of children unprotected.  It was a topic that was unknown to us, and we knew it was also unknown to most Americans.   We wanted to give voice to these children.

THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA has been screened at festivals and in theaters both domestically and internationally and has proven to have a powerful effect on audiences. We hope that audiences will be both inspired by the inherent strength of Perla, Zulema and Victor and their families and profoundly disturbed enough by their plight to take action on their behalf. 

As the producers of THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA, we have always believed in the film’s potential classroom and service organization use in middle schools, high schools and universities.  With many years experience both teaching personally as well as working with middle school teachers, however, we knew that the film had to be accompanied by excellent curricula. Collaborating with educators who volunteered their time and experience, Shine feels confident that educators at all three school levels will be able to create meaningful classroom and after-school experiences for their students.

We wish to acknowledge the college instructors, middle school and high school teachers, pre-service teachers and students who contributed to the development of these curricula.  Without their help we would not have been able to offer these unit plans in social studies, English, economics, geography, and health education.

We hope that THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA will make a vital contribution to both the cognitive and affective learning of students internationally for many years to come.  We welcome your feedback and that of your students to these lessons.  Please feel free to send these to



Susan MacLaury and Albie Hecht






NCLR ALMA Awards 2011


WINNER – Outstanding Filmmaker – San Antonio Film Festival

WINNER – Audience Award Best Documentary – San Antonio Film Festival


“In its modest way, calls to mind Grapes of Wrath’

–       Mike Hale, The New York Times

There’s not a wasted frame in U. Roberto Romano‘s documentary The Harvest, in which he illustrates the real costs of the produce on your grocer’s shelves

-Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

“This documentary is an overdue and much-needed revelation of the injustices suffered as a result of government failure to redress an anachronistic exception to basic child labor law.”

– Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF




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  1. Selena Stair said:

    I’ love to have this material to share with my students!

  2. Selina Raeder said:

    I just purchased the CD, plan to show it to my 8th graders tomorrow, and am looking for curriculum. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
    Selina Raeder

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