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Author: Stephanie BlackMaryse AlbertiJohn MullenMutabarukaValley Filmworks, Inc.All authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Docurama Films : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, ©2008. ©2008
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction films
Documentary films
Feature films
Historical films
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Black; Maryse Alberti; John Mullen; Mutabaruka; Valley Filmworks, Inc.; Docurama (Firm); New Video Group.
ISBN: 0767098099 9780767098090
OCLC Number: 314188735
Language Note: In English with optional subtitles in Spanish.
Notes: 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.).
Originally produced as an American documentary in 1990.
Credits: 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.
Performer(s): 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.
Awards: Winner, 1990 Sundance Film Festival Cinematography Award: Documentary--Maryse Alberti; Grand Jury Prize: Documentary--Stephanie Black.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 70 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC; Dolby Digital stereo.
Contents: 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.
Other Titles: H2 worker
Responsibility: Docurama ; produced in association with Valley Filmworks, Inc. ; produced and directed by Stephanie Black.

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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.

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