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Highlights From This Year's SF DocFest & 'Fruits Of Labor'

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Gabriella Garcia Pardo
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Ashley Solis is a teenage farmworker, factory worker, and home-aid, born and raised on the Central Coast of California. She is the protagonist and co-writer of the film, "Fruits of Labor".

On this edition of Your Call, we are marking the 20th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival by discussing some of this year’s highlights, including the film, Fruits of Labor.

It follows the story of Ashley Solis, a Mexican-American teenager who started picking strawberries in Central California when she was just 15 in order to support her family. Ashley also worked the overnight shift at a processing plant as she tries to graduate from high school. The film asks, what does it mean to come into one’s power as a working young woman of color in the wealthiest nation on Earth?

Guests:

Chris Metzler, filmmaker and director of programming for SF DocFest and SF IndieFest

Emily Cohen Ibañez, director, producer, and co-writer of Fruits of Labor. Her film work pairs lyricism with social activism, advocating for labor, environmental, and health justice

Ashley Solis, teenage farmworker, factory worker, and protagonist and co-writer of Fruits of Labor. She has spent five years working on food security and justice for her community with the Community Agroecology Network and helped make the short film, Cultivating Justice

Web Resources:

SF DocFest

Fruits of Labor film

Tickets: See Fruits of Labor at the Roxie Theater on June 12th at 4:50pm

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Datebook, Pam Grady: At S.F. DocFest, ‘Keeper of the Fire’ celebrates a writer and his vision of the Mission

Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.