In the U.S., food comes to our table with a hidden cost, paid by the people who work in the fields. Farm workers take on the risks of immigrating and are met with low wages and unhealthy working conditions, while making significant economic and social contributions to U.S. society.
This video, made in 2003, presents the voices of farm workers and their supporters discussing the personal sacrifices and hard facts around agricultural production in this country.
This is a promotional clip for the 66 minute documentary, winner of the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2012 American Indian Film Festival. Find more information at dancingsalmonhome.com .
Twenty-eight members of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of northern California travel to New Zealand to reunite with their salmon relatives that run in the rivers of that country's South Island. The tribal members greet the adult fish as they return to spawn, and release young fry to begin their lives. With the permission and assistance of members of the Ngai Tahu/Waitaha/Ngati Mamoe tribes of the Maori, the Winnemem hold four days of ceremony. And the two groups make plans to bring their salmon home to the McCloud River, where salmon have not run since 1945, when the Shasta Dam blocked their runs.
Please support the making of this film about the life of Minoru Yasui, narrated by George Takei.
You can make a tax-deductible donation at minoruyasuifilm.org.
Minoru Yasui was a courageous and tireless leader in the cause of justice and human rights for all people. He challenged unconstitutional internment policies against Japanese Americans during World War 2, and he spent the remainder of his life advocating for, and mentoring, underrepresented peoples.