As part of her research, To the Bone’s director and co-writer, Erin Li, interviewed Zama Coursen-Neff, executive director of the children’s rights division of Human Rights Watch. Read the article and learn about the dismal conditions that child migrant farmworkers endure in the US.
"Child labor laws are already far more lax in agriculture than in any other sector. US law allows 16 and 17-year-olds to work on farms under hazardous conditions, while the minimum age elsewhere is 18. Kids under 14 can’t work at all, and those under 16 can work only three hours a day when school is in session. But on any farm, children can work at age 12, with no hourly limits outside of school hours. On a small farm kids of any age can work legally. This dangerous double standard between agriculture and other sectors is also discriminatory: 85 percent of farmworkers are Hispanic, and this group alone faces uniquely lower safety standards."
We are so excited to announce that To The Bone will be making its official world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Jan. 2013! Much gratitude and a million thanks to our backers – we could not have made this film without you. Additional thanks go to Film Independent, our courageous actors and our amazing crew who rocked it despite the torrential rain and mud. Stay tuned to see our trailer, behind-the-scenes stills and film clips. See you in Park City!
Make a donation to the film here! Help us reach our goal by going to our IndieGoGo page and making a pledge. Every little bit counts so spare the $5 you’d spend on gas and help get the story of child migrant farm workers told!
Any of you eating lunch now? How about dinner? Maybe some vegetable and fruits?
Did you know that what you’re eating might be picked by someone A LOT younger than you? I’m producing a short film to address that issue with Erin Li Silka Luisa Susumu Kimura. Please take time to read it and support To The Bone if you can, Thanks! This film is supported by Film Independent Project:Involve Fellowship.