Whispers from the Fields

If America’s fields could speak, what stories would they tell?

That’s the question that poet Monica Mendoza asks in the Off/Page Project’s inaugural video, “Whispers from the Field.” Speaking from the perspective of the field, Mendoza talks about the high price migrant women pay to put food on their families’ tables. The poem was inspired by the Rape in the Fields investigation — by The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, FRONTLINE and Univision — that found that hundreds of female agricultural workers have complained to the federal government about being raped, assaulted and harassed on the job, while law enforcement has done almost nothing to prosecute potential crimes. Learn more about the investigation at cironline.org/rapeinthefields.

Directed by Jamie DeWolf
Shot by Chris Brainerd and Jamie DeWolf
Assistant Director Audrey Wede
Edited by Kevin Holmes
Original Score by Joseph Chang aka Cello Joe