Actress and political activist Eva Longoria discussed Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and more at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this past weekend.
According to Fox News Latino, the 39-year-old produced the documentary Food Chains, which details the abuse farm workers suffer in the United States. According to Longoria, the fact that abuse like this still exists means the achievements of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta have been dismantled.
In a panel for the film festival, the Mexicana posed a question to the audience: what has caused the United States to move backwards in the 20 years since Cesar Chavez's death? The film Food Chains seeks to shed light on the complicated and difficult lives of farm workers as it portrays the six-day hunger strike that members of the United Farm Workers underwent at the doors of the powerful Publix supermarket chain. They protested for days to demand a simple 1-cent pay raise for every pound of tomatoes they pick.
The film also reviews the dark history in the fields and the exploitation of workers by supermarket chains in an effort to get the lowest, most competitive prices. It reveals chilling data about the food industry, and gives voice to farm workers who are paid an average of $12,000 a year to gather several tons of food a day.
Longoria stated that the treatment of farm workers is not an immigration issue, but something much deeper: a human rights issue.
Watch the trailer below and get details on the documentary at the official website: