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Dorothy Velasco

Journalist, playwright, and documentary filmmaker Dorothy Velasco has received numerous awards throughout her career. She was a recipient of the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts Playwriting Fellowship, an Oregon Individual Artist Fellowship, Eugene Arts Foundation Arts & Letters Award and the John Alvord Award for Service to the Arts. Velasco’s film TROUBLED HARVEST won the Silver Award at the Houston International Film Festival. The film, produced with Sharon Genasci, features frank interviews with women migrant workers from Mexico and Central America on such subjects as the effects of pesticides and the impact of US immigration policies. Velasco has also authored the books, Lane County: An Illustrated History of the Emerald Empire, The Northwest Woman: An Evening with Thomas Condon, and Springfield: An Illustrated History. (10/09)

Troubled Harvest
A film by Sharon Genasci and Dorothy Velasco, 1990, 30 min., Color

This award-winning documentary examines the lives of women migrant workers from Mexico and Central America as they work in grape, strawberry and cherr...

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