Documentary Shows Life of Women Migrant Workers

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Filmmaker Nancy Ghertner is on campus this week for a screening of her 2012 documentary After I Pick the Fruit: The Lives of Migrant Women, followed by a question-and-answer session with the director.

“I’m really excited about meeting with the students,” says Ghertner, who lives in Sodus, N.Y. “My film follows the life inside migrant women and their families.”

The 93-minute film will be shown at 7 p.m. on February 20 in Loew Auditorium of the Black Family Visual Arts Center. The film profiles five immigrant farmworkers over a period of 10 years as they balance roles as mothers, wives, and workers on the apple fields in New York or picking oranges in Florida. The documentary also examines how life has changed for these immigrants since September 11, 2001, and the Bush administration’s subsequent crackdown on illegal immigration.

Ghertner says she wants to bring to light the stories of these often-overlooked members of society. The screening is free and open to the public. To read more: Dartmouth NOW, Feb. 18th, 2013