Just Do Art! Week of Feb. 21, 2013 – FILM: “AFTER I PICK THE FRUIT”


Bookended by scenes from the apple orchards around Sodus, NY — with stops in between at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, the orange groves of Florida and the Capitol Building in Albany — this feature-length documentary follows the lives of five immigrant farmworker women (three of them undocumented) over a ten-year period as they struggle to fulfill their roles as workers, wives, mothers and members of an isolated community. “I was inspired to make the film after seeing women working in the fields and orchards near my hometown of Sodus,” says director Nancy Ghertner. “I wanted to meet them, to understand how they lived and what happened — after they picked the fruit.” The film will be followed by a panel discussion on current legislation (the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act) which would grant farmworkers the same rights as every other worker in New York.
Free. Wed., Feb. 27, at 7:30pm. At New York Law School (185 West Broadway, btw. Leonard & Worth Sts.). RSVP to mloresto@nyclu.org. Visit afteripickthefruit.com.

The Villager, Monday February 25, 2013