MLK Day 2018 free screening: Harvest of Empire

Monday, January 15, 2018, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In partnership with MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, Ragtag Cinema is pleased to present a FREE screening of Harvest of Empire at 1pm, in anticipation of Dominican American writer Junot Diaz's visit to Columbia (January 22, 2018, 7pm. Free tickets for that event at Jesse Auditorium are available here.)

The screening will be followed by an Afterwords panel discussion from:
  • Cristina Mislán, moderator (Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies, MU)
  • Christian Rozier (Assistant Professor in Film and Digital Storytelling, MU)
  • Deborah Hume (Professor of Public Health, MU)
  • Fatimah Krgo (BA Candidate in Digital Storytelling, MU)

AFTERWORDS is supported by the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs.

box office/ticket information: This is a free event, but a ticket is required for entry to ensure we do not exceed capacity. Box office opens and seating begins at 12 noon, day of show for this screening.

about the film: At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, Onyx Films is proud to present Harvest of Empire, a feature-length documentary that reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! Co-host Juan González, Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation's cultural and economic landscape. From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S. As Juan González says at the beginning of the film "They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government's actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades — actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north."

Harvest of Empire provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of our nation's growing Latino community. The film features present day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material, as well as interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Dr. Lorenzo Meyer, journalists María Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, Grammy award-winning singer Luis Enrique, and poet Martín Espada.

Ragtag's Free Ticket Policy: Tickets to free events are available at our box office starting at noon the day of the show (unless otherwise noted). No more than four free tickets will be given to one person.

A free ticket guarantees you a seat until 10 minutes before showtime and not after. If all tickets have been distributed and there are open seats at 10 till, we will start seating the theater from the waiting list (queue). Ticket holders will continue to be admitted at this time if seats are available. This policy allows us to start on time and give the audience a distraction-free experience.