A multimedia introspective
Elva Hart starts her autobiography, Barefoot Heart, a record of how she and her family overcame the disadvantages of being an immigrant farm worker family, with, “I am nobody; and my story is the same as a million others.”
It is unsettling that the stories of those who have shifted from being a laborer to a farm or food business owner go largely untold, often leaving an incomplete public perception of immigrant families.
Harvest of Pride uses first-hand accounts from participants in Huerto de la Familia’s programs to see how gardens, farming and food-based microenterprises can support and stabilize immigrant families. Combining the anecdotes and stories of Latinos in the Eugene-Springfield community with interviews with food justice advocates and others throughout the United States, these film essays contemplate Oregon’s preparedness in facing a challenging but potentially rich future for its growing immigrant population.
In addition, we produced a photo essay book to accompany the films with personal reflections from the film director, executive director and participants in Huerto’s programs.