Best known for her role as Gabrielle on the ABC hit Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria Parker is crossing over to feature films. The actress will step into the shoes of executive producer with her upcoming project, Harvest. According to Variety, this won’t be a scripted feature but a documentary that will focus on the serious subject of migrant workers. More specifically migrant children who work for sub-poverty wages across the southern border states.
Harvest is currently in production and should be finished by early next year. The film will be produced by Albie Hecht and his wife Susan MacLaury. They own a non-profit company called Shine Global, which raises awareness about child abuse and exploitation. The producing partners were recognized by AMPAS in 2007 when they received an Oscar nomination for their documentary War Dance. Harvest will also be co-produced and directed by U. Roberto Romano.
Longoria Parker is no stranger to social awareness. She is a supporter and charitable contributor to several organizations such as the United Farm Workers, and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund. I’ve seen plenty of documentaries about adults in this field, but rarely children. I’m interested to see how this will turn out. I think it’s that Longoria is using her sway to raise awareness about the child labor issues in this country and Mexico.
Do you think enough light has been shed on this issue? Are there any other documentaries that have covered the same topic, but from a different angle?