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Adios Amor trailer 2013

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One, two, three... One, two, three... In the 1960s, in the richest agricultural land on the planet some of its poorest workers waged a fight for a better life. This was the forgotten fight. Years before national boycotts and media attention. And, on its front lines was a migrant mother, she worked in the fields, raised 12 children and made her way in a world dominated by men. I came across her photograph by accident, when looking for someone more famous. And, there she was looking steadily at the camera. A small group of artists, activists and writers had documented her struggle. María Moreno, organizer for the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committe. Late 50's, early 60's. So, I have a lot of things to say on agriculture workers. The way we work, the way we suffer -not just me. I can show you the places and show the people, the way we have been treated. She had no more than one or two years of formal education. But, she was fearless. This is what she said in a speech: I am María Moreno, 40 years old and mother of twelve children. Since 1928 I start working in agriculture work. I know how to handle a man's job like a man and I am not ashamed to say it. I am American citizen and I am talking for justice. I thought I saw this truck coming down and I thought it was the Mexican Hillbilies. She had these rafter kids and she was taking them around to union meetings and so forth, like that. And, her husband usually did the driving and she did the sleeping while they were on the road. How many were there altogether? Twelve or fourteen. We were a very poor family, you know we might have been poor but there was a lot of umph into everything we did. María, how long have you been in California? -Since 1940. And, have you been doing farm worker all the time? -Farm worker, all the time. Are you working right now? -Yes, I'm working. Did you make 140 dollars for the day, for the quarters?* -No, for a week. For a week? -Yes. If I had 140 dollars a day, I wouldn't have to worry about nothing. She had to start doing everything, she was an amazing woman. She was hard at times, but it served us right. Because, this is what we are today. Because of her. The driving force in her life, and the thing that gave her the courage to go before the public in these ways... ...was her concern for her children. And, many of them had suffered greatly during the years. That's my son, 19, he went *** for three days because he hadn't eaten anything. That comes because we don't have nobody to hear us. I am talking to you to choose. She was agressive, I mean she wasn't afraid to say whatever she had to say and she was good. She was a good advocate for workers. María Moreno and her people would just go out and throw a picket line and say: We'll go away after you give us a raise. And, she would not back off. María Moreno was a pain in the ass. And I assume, that's why they got rid of her. And then, one day she disappeared. And, I don't know what happened. I remember her putting us in a little Falcon, an old Falcon, and blankets in the back and we fell asleep. And when I woke up, when we woke up, we were in the middle of the desert. Nothing. When María arrived in the desert, she drew a circle in the sand telling her children they'd be safe inside it. At the border, she started a ministry for migrants heading north on their trail of tears. The road is our home, she said. The ground is our table. This is the way the agricultural worker lives. For more information about Adios Amor go to:

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Duration: 4 minutes and 57 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Laurie Coyle
Director: Laurie Coyle
Views: 125
Posted by: mihistoria on Dec 10, 2013

Trailer for the film

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