Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

Open Eyes, Open Mind, Open Heart

April 10, 2013   |   posted in Filmmakers


“Harvest of Empire” Director Eduardo Lopez hopes that audiences of their film will have open eyes, and an open mind and heart once the credits roll on their documentary about the immigration debate in America.

In 2000, Eduardo Lopez read the book Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez, and “found it to be amazing.” In 2005, producer Wendy Thompson-Marquez and Lopez teamed up to attempt a documentary about the book. They wanted to show the offensive language that is used with no consequence to describe this community, and to highlight the amount of ignorance on this topic.

“Harvest of Empire” has been on a roll when it comes to being shown in other cities. Its big debut was in New York City on September 28, 2012. This screening ended up lasting three weeks, when only scheduled for one. They are currently completing their one week run in Washington D.C., which sold out every screening. shocked.

“Viewers know little about our migration story,” Lopez says. “We share so much in common, yet we have no idea.”

The film helps to guide viewers into a better understanding as to why Latinos are here. Lopez believes that people have tremendous power.

“Every person can become an advocate,” Lopez explains. He asks that viewers of “Harvest of Empire” leave the festival and use social media to their advantage. Follow them on Twitter or ‘like’ their Facebook page because “people play a huge role!” Above all, if while reading a newspaper or magazine article and finding a derogative word associated with immigration, contact the paper or news distribution to help get the word out that it is not okay. It is a small step to get the word out there and help share the knowledge with others that using words such as “illegal alien” is entirely incorrect.

-Meaghan S. Earley
Photo by Janet Macoska

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Related Screenings:
04/10/13 @ 7:15 PM – Harvest of Empire
04/12/13 @ 4:35 PM – Harvest of Empire

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