We’ve seen headlines about Venezuela’s food crisis, but all that is background noise until you can put faces to those being affected. It’s reported that 87% of Venezuelans are starving. Literally starving. Americans complain about waiting hours in line to board the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios, but Venezuelans wait HOURS to buy basic items like milk, cereal, toilet paper. These lines aren’t being monitored by a friendly line attendant. People are being guarded by police in riot gear. Five people have already been killed during these disturbances.
Food isn’t the only thing Venezuelans are desperate for. Electricity, medicine and toiletries are also in devastatingly low supply.
Many blame President Nicolás Maduro’s economic policies for the crisis and are calling for his resignation.
Mahoma Lopez, a worker at a popular bakery in New York, spent years in a work environment that exploited him and other fellow undocumented workers. He was paid low wages, worked long hours and faced abuse from managers — they wouldn’t even let him call in sick.
In 2012, fed up with the abuse, Lopez decided to fight back. He convinced a group of co-workers to form an independent union and fight for their rights, which left them vulnerable to deportation and the loss of their jobs. The documentary “The Hand That Feeds” follows Lopez and his coworkers, who engage in a historic battle that could not only change the lives of undocumented workers, but the lives of low-wage workers throughout the United States. The doc, directed by Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick, was executive produced by Alex Rivera, the director behind the films “Sleep Dealer” and “The Sixth Section.”