With the recession and financial meltdown having eclipsed immigration issues over the last year and a half, the question of (largely illegal) hispanic labor on North Country dairy farms has slipped off the radar.
There are glimpses, like when border patrol detains immigrants in a local farm raid, or when a fire engulfs the trailer where the workers live. But like the farmworkers themselves, the issue is consigned to the shadows.
A new documentary produced by the Vermont Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project tries to shed new light on the subject. “Silenced Voices” will debut July 1 at the Burlington Black Box Theater and on July 6 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Montpelier.
The trailer looks promising: