SCREENING: AGRICULTURAL LABOR AND THE WPA
Hearing Room 1: 11:00am—12:15pm
A land of orange groves, almond orchards, fertile soil, and gold-drenched mountains, California’s promise contrasts sharply with the reality that migrant workers face when they arrive here. On this panel, filmmaker Nora Sweeney will screen her short documentary Sweet Oranges, in which she meets Jaime, Blanca, and Hugo, orange pickers from Michoacan, Mexico, who share with her their songs, dreams, aspirations, and thoughts about work. Artist and writer Linda Norton will present a slideshow on the Works Progress Administration and FSA photographs of the 1930s and 40s and the shifting demographics of agricultural and immigrant labor since then. Their presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience.
LINDA NORTON’s first book, The Public Gardens: Poems and History, was a finalist for a 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is a recipient of a 2014 Creative Work Fund award and the William Dickey Fellowship at San Francisco State University. Her latest book, Wite-Out, is forthcoming in 2017.
NORA SWEENEY is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Los Angeles. Her films have been screened at REDCAT, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Athens International Film + Video Festival, and the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, where she won a Jury's Choice Award for Something Like Whales.
STEVE DICKISON (moderator), poet and writer, is Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. Recent work appears in Best American Experimental Writing 2015, BOMB, Hambone, Aufgabe, Mandorla, Vanitas, Amerarcana, and Where Eagles Dare. He is coeditor of the anthologies Prison/Culture and Homage to Etel Adnan.