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  • Summary: Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and
    economic landscape. From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of
    Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to
    the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S. (Onyx Films)
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  1. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 27, 2012
    In an era of anti-immigrant fervor, this sobering and much-needed look at Latino migration is built on an undeniably optimistic premise: that once Americans have accurate facts, "they rarely allow injustices to stand."
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Mar 7, 2013
    As entertainment, this approach might be questionable. As a service, it would be valuable.
  3. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Sep 27, 2012
    The filmmakers retain a touching faith that most Americans won't tolerate injustice when they know about it. This film is meant to teach them.
  4. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Mar 1, 2013
    As an analysis of the causes of migration, it is one-dimensional and unconvincing. But as a social history of Latinos in America, it is provocative and fascinating. And as an indictment of decades of economic injustice and covert military action committed in the name of freedom, it is devastating.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 25, 2012
    Harvest of Empire is never quite wrong, but it's effectiveness is inversely proportional to how hard it's trying.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 2, 2012
    Cogent documentary makes the persuasive argument for the role that U.S. military and corporate interests have played in the influx of immigration from Latin American countries.
  7. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 27, 2012
    Though its snapshot approach is uneven, Harvest is itself a valuable resource: a good starting point for a fuller perspective on this nation of immigrants.
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  1. Oct 2, 2012
    More like Eduardo LopeZZZ. I nearly fell asleep five times, and that was before the movie even started. Based on the poster I assumed that this was a comedy about Mexican farmers coming to New York. Boy was I wrong. It's more like a history lesson. Some parts are surprisingly touching. I love how people shared their stories. Expand