Film Screening and Discussion


Friday, January 28, 2011 
12:00 pm 
Haines 279


Braceros in the California FieldsHarvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program

Presented by Gilbert Gonzalez; UC Irvine, and Vivian Price; California State University at Dominguez Hills

About the film:

Hidden within the historical accounts of minorities, workers and immigrants in American society is the story of the millions of Mexico’s men and women who experienced the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero Program. Established to replace an alleged wartime labor shortage, research reveals that the Program intended to undermine farmworker unionization. Harvest shows how several million men, in one of the largest state managed migrations in history, were imported from 1942 to 1964 to work as cheap, controlled and disposable workers. The documentary features the men speaking of their experiences and addresses what to expect from a new temporary contract worker program. Visit the film's website for clips.

About the Filmmakers:

Gilbert GonzalezGilbert Gonzalez is Professor Emeritus in the Chicano Latino Studies Department at UC Irvine. He specializes in Chicano History and has focused on labor, community formation, education, migration and the Bracero Program.




Vivian PriceVivian Price is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Coordinator of Labor Studies at California State University Dominguez Hills. Her research and films focus on labor, gender, and activism, in the US and internationally. You can read more about her films and work at







This event is sponsored by the UCLA Migration Study Group