animation, 14 min, 2009)
This colorful and captivating frame-by-frame animation was inspired by the invisible wall of fear that prevents undocumented Vermont dairy farm workers from going to the grocery store, the doctor, or simply outside for a walk. Drawing on my personal experiences with migrant workers in my own neighborhood, my film illustrates the freedom which migrant workers give up in order to earn a living milking cows in Vermont.
"Neighbors" won the James Goldstone Vermont Film Commission Award at the 2009 Vermont International Film Festival.
Vermont Filmmaker Meredith Holch is actively engaged with migrant farm workers in her own neighborhhod of rural Northeastern Vermont. She is also involved with a number of Vermont migrant worker support networks.
Her films screen at places such as the Museum of Modern Art, (MoMA, NYC), the National Art Gallery, DC, PBS (NYC), as well as local and international film venues, public libraries, schools, urban community gardens, and the sides of old barns in rural Vermont.
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