Frontline: Rape in the Fields
INVESTIGATES THE HIDDEN REALITY OF RAPE ON THE JOB FOR IMMIGRANT WOMEN
Available on DVD from PBS Distribution September 3rd
Arlington, Va. - July 29, 2013 - PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing Frontline: Rape in the Fields on DVD. For the women who pick and handle the food we eat every day, sexual assault often comes with the job. FRONTLINE partnered with Univision News - the award-winning news division of the leading media company serving Hispanic America, Univision Communications, Inc. - for "RAPE IN THE FIELDS/VIOLACION DE UN SUENO," to uncover the hidden price that many migrant women working in America's fields and packing plants, especially those who are undocumented, are paying to keep their jobs and provide for their families. Rape in the Fields will be available on DVD September 3, 2013. The run time of the program is 60 minutes. The DVD SRP is $24.99. The program will also be available for Digital Download.
While debate rages on Capitol Hill over the legal and economic impact of immigration reforms, this FRONTLINE documentary focuses on the human side of the issue: how female farm workers fall prey to their field bosses and co-workers - and dare not denounce their attackers. Otherwise, they run the very real risk that they'll lose their jobs or be deported.
"The abuse of undocumented women isn't on anybody's radar," says correspondent Lowell Bergman, "and it should be."
Rape in the Fields is the result of a yearlong reporting effort by Bergman, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Traveling from the almond groves of California's Central Valley to the packing plants of Iowa, from the apple orchards of Washington's Yakima Valley to the tomato fields of Florida, the investigative team spoke with dozens of women who say they have been sexually abused on the job. And they have found that in the vast fields and orchards of today's agribusiness, it's easy for a rapist to stalk his victims - who are often, but not always, undocumented women.
"These women live in fear, but they were willing to go on camera to tell their stories at great personal risk," Bergman says. "They didn't want to see it happening to other women."
The investigative team interviews women who speak on camera about their alleged abuse for the first time, as well as women who have tried to hold companies accountable in civil court for the actions of their supervisors. But the issue of sexual harassment in the agricultural sector is still uncharted territory. Forensic evidence is rarely gathered; few women are willing to report the crime, and even fewer rape cases are ever litigated. "There's been little response from law enforcement agencies to do anything about this problem," Bergman says.
"FRONTLINE is known for its investigative reporting and for forging collaborative partnerships to tell important stories," says Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager of General Audience Programming at PBS. "This collaboration with Univision will help bring the results of this investigation to a large and diverse audience."
"RAPE IN THE FIELDS/VIOLACION DE UN SUENO" is a Cam Bay production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Univision News in association with the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the Center for Investigative Reporting. The producers and writers are Andres Cediel and Lowell Bergman. The director is Andres Cediel. The correspondent is Lowell Bergman. The deputy executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is David Fanning.
FRONTLINE explores the issues of our times through powerful investigative storytelling. FRONTLINE is produced by WGBH Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Park Foundation and by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund. FRONTLINE is closed-captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers by the Media Access Group at WGBH. FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of the WGBH Educational Foundation.
About Univision News
Univision's award-winning news division is committed to informing the country's fastest growing segment of the population across all media platforms, including TV, radio and interactive. Hispanics count on getting access to the latest and most relevant content impacting their community from the programs Noticiero Univision, the network's evening, late-evening and weekend national newscast; the Sunday public affairs program Al Punto (To the Point); the newsmagazine shows Aqui y Ahora (Here and Now) and Primer Impacto (First Impact); as well as morning-news segments on Despierta America (Wake Up America). In the last year, Univision has strengthened its news team and expanded its news operations by adding investigative and documentary units.
About the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP)
The Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is dedicated to promoting and protecting the practice of investigative reporting. The IRP's prize-winning work has appeared on PBS FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/WORLD, NPR and PBS NewsHour and in publications such as Mother Jones, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle.
About the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)
Investigative reporting is an essential pillar of a democratic society. For more than three decades, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has relentlessly pursued and revealed injustices that otherwise would remain hidden from the public. CIR stories have received numerous journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, George Polk Award, Emmy Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Its reports have sparked state and federal hearings and legislation, public-interest lawsuits and changes in corporate policies. For more information, please visit cironline.org.
About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.
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Frontline: Rape in the Fields
Street Date: September 3, 2013
Run Time: 60 Minutes
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News Editor September 16, 2013, 7:00 am