Film on Farmworkers Screened at COA

Posted Feb. 08, 2013, at 4:09 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Molly Anderson; 207-288-5015;

Who are the workers who pick our fruit? Where do they go when the harvest is done? On Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., College of the Atlantic presents a partial answer when it screens the feature-length documentary, “After I Pick the Fruit: The Lives of Migrant Women.” The film will be screened in the college’s McCormick Lecture Hall.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Nancy Ghertner, her husband, John, a leader in the Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice and Wayne Action for Racial Equality, along with Bar Harbor residents Carol and Walter Muth, previous owners of an apple orchard in Sodus, NY, where the documentary is partially filmed.

“After I Pick the Fruit” follows the lives of five immigrant farmworker women—three of them undocumented—over a ten-year period as they labor in the apple orchards and fields of rural western New York, migrate seasonally to Florida, raise their families, and try to hide from the Bush-era immigration raids that were conducted in response to 9/11. Filmed in New York, Florida, and Mexico, this intimate, bittersweet, film illuminates a community that is nearly invisible to most Americans. It’s an intensely personal perspective, born of friendships forged by the filmmaker with each of the five women, who asked to be identified simply as Soledad, Vierge, Maria, Elisa, and Lorena. Ultimately, it may alter the way you look at immigration.

The film begins and ends in the apple orchards around Sodus, NY, but includes footage on location in Chilapa de Diaz, Mexico, the US-Mexican border in Texas, the orange groves of Florida, the state capitol building in Albany, NY, and most importantly, in the women’s homes when the work day is done.

For more on the screening at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 at COA, contact Molly Anderson at, or 207-288-5015. For more on the film, visit

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