Harvesting Hope is a short documentary about the life of Jose Mendoza, a 16 year old farmworker in Salinas, CA striving to inspire his community through his artwork.
“My goal was to be able to tell a powerful and inspirational story, one which communicates the issues affecting Latino farm workers in the United States,” said Nelson.
Farmworker rights is a theme among Nelson rich body of existing work. In 2013 Nelson produced La Mensajera en Motocicleta a short documentary that follows an inspirational woman who created “MoVoz” — a project aimed at giving voice to migrant farm workers through an archive in the Library of Congress.
Nelson produced Harvesting Hope with the support of the Students of the World and pivot’s Emerging Voices Production Grant, created to support emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. In this accelerated program, Nelson worked for one month to pitch, shoot and edit a short documentary film, with the support of a $4,000 grant and mentorship from SOW staff and award-winning documentary filmmaker Richard Ray Perez.
“Nelson’s work has a beautiful poetry in it,” said Perez.