Chain Reaction

Jeannette Catsoulis calls Food Chains an “emphatic and empathetic documentary” on the plight of farm workers:

“Required to pick a minimum of 480 pounds of fruit per hour (hands moving so quickly that you would swear the film has been sped up), the workers average around $42 for a nine-hour shift.

“‘We live like animals in cramped housing,’ one man says, as Mr. Rawal shows us jam-packed trailers and ragtag encampments. The ability to improve these conditions lies not with the farmers, we are told, but with the fast-food industry, restaurants and supermarkets whose contracts with buyers set the economics of the supply chain.”

“It Could’ve Been 1911, Not 2011”

Molly Hannon reviews Food Chains, Sanjay Rawal’s new documentary on migrant farmworkers:

“The documentary takes a deep look at the lives and working conditions of American farmworkers, paying particular attention to the case of workers in Immokalee, Florida, one of the largest tomato-producing regions in the U.S. Here, workers, mainly from Latin America, have endured deplorable working conditions, wage theft, andin some casesmodern day slavery. It’s also the home to one of the most respected, important fights for food worker’s rights in the nation.”