Executive produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, “Food Chains” tells the story of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW, an organization of farm workers that’s been fighting for fair wages and human rights for Florida workers since the 1990s. The film follows the CIW’s struggle to get powerful supermarkets, like Publix in Florida, to pay the workers an extra penny for every pound of tomatoes. It’s an extra penny that farm workers say that could lift them out of severe poverty. Maria Hinojosa talks to “Food Chains” director Sanjay Rawal about the film and how the CIW’s is revolutionizing activism in the fields.
Sanjay Rawal spent over a decade working in the non-profit and government sectors while running a small agricultural genetics company with his father, Dr. Kanti Rawal. After working with Abby Disney and Gini Reticker as a consultant to their hit documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008), he was bit by the film bug. His first short, Ocean Monk (2010), took the Best Short Doc Prize (online) at the 2010 St. Louis Film Festival. His second film, Challenging Impossibility (2011), premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and played in 75 more, winning a number of awards. Food Chains is his first feature.