The event is free and open to the general public. Doors open at 5:30 on April 21, 2015 with a performance by special guests, Mariachi Tleyotltzin; the screening begins at 6 PM followed by a panel of six local experts on Idaho farmworkers, local farmworkers’ rights and conditions, immigration and other related topics who will take questions from the audience.
“Food Chains” is a documentary about the fight for farmworkers basic rights, safety, and economic well-being. The people who physically pick produce, the first step of the journey of fruits and vegetables to our dinner tables, are largely invisible to consumers, even those very interested in where their food comes from. Yet this critical first step is where the worst US abuses of workers continues to happen, from stolen wages to actual slavery.
“Food Chains” tells the story of a group of South Florida tomato pickers who organized themselves into the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to fight for improved working conditions. It is a narrative of intrepid persistence, a moral fight against corporate greed. Anyone who cares about where their food comes from needs to see this film.
The event is sponsored by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition, The Community Council of Idaho, the Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University, and the Foundational Studies program at Boise State University, with support from the Boise Coop and Aramark Food Services.