Movie Analysis: Write a 750-1000 word essay reviewing documentary films Harvest of Shame (1960),
Harvest of Loneliness (2010) and Food Chains (2014), all available on YouTube (see lecture slides for
URL). Briefly summarize each film and compare topics expressed in each film in a more detailed
interpretation and discussion. Evaluate the significance of films to our understanding of the exploitation
of farm workers. Select two additional scholarly works to support your arguments. Essay must be typed,
double spaced, 1” margin all around, Times New Roman, and 12-point font. Cite your sources using APA
Due: Wednesday, April 22
References: Sources used for “Reference” section must be scholarly publications such as books and
articles published in a newspaper or journal. Online access to scholarly publications is available through
the CSUDH online library page. You may use the lectures or online sources in addition to scholarly
articles. Make sure to include the films themselves in addition to 2 outside references for a total of 5
Movie Analysis Rubric
3 Length (750-1000 words)
2 Summary of documentary films
4 Interpretation and Discussion (see below)
2 Include at least two relevant references (direct quote, paraphrase, data)
3 Evaluate significance of films to understanding worker exploitation (see below)
1 Document Format (follow all instructions)
4 Cite your sources using APA formatting with reference section
1 Upload to Blackboard in timely manner
While viewing the films consider the following questions:
1) Consider the different groups represented in the films. What makes these people vulnerable to
exploitation? What challenges to they face trying to exercise their rights?
2) How is the fear of deportation used in order to exploit and control workers? How have government
policies changed over the years in terms of their treatment of migrant workers from other counties?
3) Looking back at the history of agricultural workers, what things have changed and what things have
remained the same?
4) What could be done to address the needs of agricultural workers? How might the system be changed to
protect workers as well as farmers?
5) How have corporations changed the relationship between farmers and farm workers?
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