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THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA is having its world premier at the International Documentary Film Association’s 23rd annual Festival– the world’s largest documentary film festival held annually since 1988 in Amsterdam!
The objective of the IDFA is to promote creative documentaries and to present them to as wide an audience as possible. It started as a small festival and has grown to an eleven-day festival, screening more than 200 documentaries and attracting nearly 120,000 visitors.
The program for the 23rd annual festival contains some 280 titles (selected from 3,200 submissions), 84 of which are documentaries that will have their world premiere at the festival. We are so very proud that THE HARVEST will be joining this group of some of the best documentaries of the year.
THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA tells the stories of 4 of the estimated 400,000 children who work in the US fields without the protection of child labor laws. To help their families survive, they leave behind school, friends, and their home to travel across the country looking for work – grueling, tiring, dangerous work– picking the produce we all eat. Under current US Child Labor laws, children 12 years of age and older are allowed to work in the fields without the same restrictions that protect other children in any other industry. THE HARVEST joins these children and their families for the 2009 harvest season as they face dangers on the road and in the fields, joyful family reunions, and sometimes tragedy.
Apart from its international film program, the variety of genres and the many European and world premieres featured each year, the IDFA festival also hosts debates, forums and workshops. Director U. Roberto Romano will be on hand at several of the public screenings of THE HARVEST to talk about the film and answer your questions.
To find out about how to purchase tickets starting November 8th please visit http://www.idfa.nl/industry/tags/project.aspx?id=e1433bf7-c2fa-4160-806d-b169fdce01aa