“Food Chains” Movie & Discussion 2022

Sunday, Feb. 6th 2022, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

As our next film screening and discussion, the Silverton Grange presents the powerful documentary film Food Chains- The Revolution In America’s Fields, exploring the plight of farmworkers in America.

After viewing the film, there will be a discussion of the film  and a bill in the 2022 Oregon legislature to require overtime pay for farmworkers. The panelists include the bill’s author, Rep. Andrea Salinas, Ira Cuello Martinez, Policy Manager for PCUN (the Oregon farmworkers union), Mike McCarthy, owner of McCarthy Family Farm in Hood River and Jim Bernau, founder and CEO of Willamette Valley Vineyards, a local company which is ramping up overtime pay for its workers as well as other benefits. 

Net proceeds from $5 ticket price will benefit the Silverton Grange. Food Chains: The Revolution in America’s Fields Food Chains documents the work and the struggles of farmworkers in America. Much of it is centered around tomato pickers in Immokalee Florida organizing to demand supermarket chains pay a few pennies per pound more for tomatoes to raise the workers’ wages.

Directed by Sanjay Rawal and Produced by Eva Langoria, the film features workers and union organizers, Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, Dolores Huerta and Robert Kennedy Jr, and is narrated by Forest Whitaker. It was featured at the Berlin, Tribeca and Napa Valley Film Festivals and won a James Beard Foundation Award for Special Documentary. The film runs 1 hr and 22 minutes.