FRUITS OF LABOR Film Review Seattle International Film Festival 2021 April 12, 2021 Eclectic Arts

Fruits Of Labor

SIFF 2021
Reviewed: 4/11/2021
Rating: 4.5  / 5

The documentary “Fruits of Labor” tells the story of a Mexican-American teenager who is working two jobs and trying to graduate from high school. She, along with her mother, are the main income sources for the family.

The film shows a distinct viewpoint on the immigration issues going on today directly from a family living within it (such as the threat of ICE raids, etc.).

While many of us can spout our armchair opinions from the comfort of our homes, the film reminds us that these are people’s lives we’re talking about. And in many cases, hard working people that have hopes and dreams just like the rest of us.

When it comes to the news though - we hear and see of criminals and children taking center stage in the immigration debate. We don’t see the average immigrant family that is working long hours, traveling extended distances on the bus to commute to work and school, and quite frankly contributing to society unlike so many others that the media would have you believe.

I may be biased as I used to work with undocumented students in a former life, but “Fruits of Labor” is truly a necessary viewing. Recommended.

Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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