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In response to Cal Pryluck and James Peterson concerning the
"effects" of documentary films and nonfiction programs, while
I agree with both of you that individual documentary films
and nonfiction programs have very limited, if any,effects, I
do think that James is right to suggest that a steady stream
of nonfiction programs can have some effect and that kCal is
correct, when he says that specific programs only have sig-
nificant effects when they are accompanied by political
action.  Henry Jenkin's description of "Harvest of Shame" in
this regard was fascinating, and yes I would like to see
the paper you wrote as a graduate student on this topic.  I
spoke recently with a migrant worker activist in North
Carolina, who recently spent 13 years working on improving
sanitation conditions in the field for migrant workers.  No
drinking water or portable toilets were mandatory until
recently.  Colorado finally changed its laws after arguing
about how much shit on a head of lettuce was acceptable,
according to her.  She also suggested that "harvest of Shame"
was crucial to improving migrant health care in the early '60s
with the war on poverty.  Doc's can raise public awareness.  Hap.
Kindem  UNC-CH