Since its premiere at UC Irvine in May 2010, “The Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program,” has received positive reviews at film festivals and screenings worldwide, earning the Cinelatino Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival in 2010 and the Best Educational Film Award at the Amsterdam Film Festival in 2011. Its most recent accolade: the 2012 Peter C. Rollins Award for the Best Documentary Film in Popular and American Culture within the past three years, awarded by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA). 

Directed by Gilbert Gonzalez (pictured), UCI Chicano/Latino studies professor emeritus, and Vivian Price, an alumna of UCI’s political science doctoral program, the film explores historical accounts of migrant Mexican farm workers brought into the U.S. from 1942-1964 under the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero Program. The film has been screened at numerous international film festivals and in September 2011, it aired nationally on PBS stations throughout the month. As the 2012 Rollins Award winner, the film will be screened April 13, 2012 at the annual PCA/ACA meeting in Boston, Mass.

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