"Food Chains" - Fourth Friday 'Everyday Courage' Documentary Film Series

“No documentary on the modern food system does a better job of putting farmworkers' struggles for social justice into the broad context of 21st-century capitalism. Food Chains explores the darkest corners of America's agricultural landscape, showing how an inspiring coalition of workers, farmers, and consumers are bending corporate might to fight for dignity in American farm fields. This is exactly the sort of provocative, well-researched film I've been wanting to use in my Food and Power course for years.”—Shane Hamilton, Associate Professor, History Department, University of Georgia.

You are invited to view this moving, relevant documentary in good company, enjoy refreshments, and join in the post-screening conversation. Our June selection for the Fourth Friday 'Everyday Courage' Film Series marks the World Day Against Child Labor. Before the screening we will offer moments of silence for children who labor. $5 admission for up to 50 on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:00 pm.


There is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved — all within the borders of the United States.

Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger — earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this.

The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida — the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW — who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed — to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain.


DeCice Hall is located at the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA. Please drive in the main entrance (marked 'private property') and park anywhere convenient. The Hall is on the far end of the modern wing of the Marian Center, with "DECICE HALL" on the columned portico. It is fully handicapped accessible. 

June 26, 2015 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
DeCice Hall at the Marian Center
1365 Northampton St
Holyoke, MA 01040
United States
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$5.00 USD

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