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.”
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Slamdance Film Festival 2013. NO LIMITS. NO FEAR.
In some countries, children pick crops 14 hours a day. The United States is one of those countries.
But it’s not just that these children shouldn’t be working, especially in these conditions. It’s about changing conditions for all migrant workers!
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!
To The Bone is about to picture lock! Starting color correction in a little over a week with Color Space Finishing, who has generously donated their services (http://colorspacefinishing.com/). A million thanks to Color Space & Film Independent!