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The Forgotten Farmworkers

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Una conversación sobre el proyecto Rostros del Tiempo que cuenta la historia de los Bracoers. Frank Stasio habla con Charlie Thompson, Luis Herrera Robles, Modesto Jurita y Miguel Rojas-Sotelo

From 1942-1964 about five million Mexican guest workers were brought to the United States as part of a federal program to help with the post-war labor shortage.

 These workers were known as Braceros, "strong arms," and they harvested crops throughout the country. When they were done, the U.S. government took mandatory deductions from their wages, promising a retirement fund for them when they returned to Mexico. Decades later, many of them have still not received all of their retirement money. The film and photo exhibit Faces of Time/ Rostros del Tiempo documents their story and their continuing protests for justice. It’s part of this year’s North Carolina Latin American Film Festival

Host Frank Stasio talks to Charlie Thompson, professor of cultural anthropology and documentary studies at Duke who created of Faces of Time/Rostros del Tiempo; Luis Herrera Robles,  professor of sociology from Juarez, Mexico; Modesto Jurita, an ex-Bracero; and Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, the festival director of the festival.

The film Faces of Time/ Rostros del Tiempo screens tonight at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the Global Education Center tonight at 7 p.m.

Watch the film here:

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.