'The Harvest' Documentary Premieres at TAMIU
A documentary produced by Eva Longoria that features a world not many people know premiered tonight at TAMIU. It follows the migrant children who pick the nation's food.
Our Lauren Kendrick had the chance to interview one of the girls in the movie who is a Laredoan and joins us now with more.
On average migrant children work thirty hours a week often migrating from May to November making it difficult to succeed in school. The young girl featured in 'The Harvest' or La Cosecha is determined to be a success for herself and other migrant children to look up to.
"Right now I live in Bear Lake, Michigan and we're actually picking apples right now."
As a migrant worker, Zulema Lopez takes on a lot of responsibility at such a young age. She's only 14 years old but says she's been a migrant worker for as long as she can remember.
"My mom says maybe 7 or 8, but the field is all I remember."
For the last two years Lopez along with other migrant workers have been followed by a camera crew documenting their every day activities. She comes back from harvesting once the school year has already started and has to catch up on her studies. Other than Lopez wanting to be a role model, she wants everyone to be aware of the hard work they do.
"People don't know where their food comes from. They don't know who handles their food."
She's hoping this documentary 'The Harvest' or La Cosecha will open people's eyes to see the work it takes to be a migrant worker.
"I just want the world to know who picks their food and what the struggles are to pick that food and put food on our plates."
And although Lopez is still a migrant worker, she has big dreams of becoming a doctor. That is one of the reasons Lopez was influenced to share her life.
"I just hope this film, documentary helps many kids pursue their dreams and do something with their lives just like I hope to do with mine."