Williams College’s Davis Center to Present Second Film in Series on Social Change

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 26, 2019—The Davis Center at Williams College is hosting a free, monthly film series during the 2019-20 academic year that aims to broaden the understanding and deepen the appreciation of social change. Each month, the series will highlight a mainstream or independent film that speaks to issues across various dimensions of diversity, such as ideology, social identity, injustice, prejudice, and discrimination. The next film in the series, Food Chains, unmasks the injustices farmworkers are subjected to that have been normalized in the agricultural industry and remain unnoticed by consumers. The film will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium. Each film will be followed by a facilitator-led discussion. Tickets are not required.

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 three decades, they have drained revenue from their supply chain, leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. However, many take no responsibility for this. 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. There is more interest in food these days than ever, but there is very little interest in the hands that pick it.

In this exposé, an intrepid group of southern Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the global supermarket industry through their Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. This group of tomato pickers, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope for the triumph of morality over corporate interests to ensure a dignified life for farmworkers and a more humane food chain.

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