Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program

Special Series on IMMIGRATION

“Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program”

Wednesday, April 9, 7pm

Union South Marquee Theatre (1308 W. Dayton, Madison, WI) 

Hidden within the historical accounts of workers and immigrants in American society is the story of the millions of Mexicans who experienced the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero Program. Established to replace an alleged wartime labor shortage, the program was intended to undermine farmworker unionization. Harvest of Loneliness shows how several million men, in one of the largest state managed migrations in history, were imported from 1942 to 1964 to work as cheap, controlled and disposable workers. The film addresses what to expect from a new temporary contract worker program.

A post-screening discussion will be led by Patrick Hickey of the Workers Rights Center

Co-sponsored by the Workers Rights Center and the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice 


The UW-Madison Havens Center’s Annual Film Series explores important contemporary social topics from critical perspectives. Each screening is followed by a discussion of the issues explored in the film.

The 2013-2014 Social Cinema Film Series is made possible by a grant from the Evjue Foundation and is supported by the Edgewood College COR Program. The series is organized in collaboration with the Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee and is free and open to all.