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“COSECHA DE MISERIA (HARVEST OF MISERY) & THE SOURCE” – TELEMUNDO NETWORK AND WEATHER. COM/THE WEATHER CHANNEL

Greg Gilderman, Marisa Venegas, Neil Katz, Solly Granatstein, Shawn Efran, Marcus Stern, Brandon Kieffer, John Carlos Frey, Monica Villamizar, and Manuel Iglesias Perez

This collaboration between the Telemundo television network and weather.com investigated labor conditions on coffee farms in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico. “Cosecha de Miseria” (translated as “Harvest of Misery”) was shot in the land of coffee: the plantations located on the volcanic hillside of the Sierra Madre produce almost 46 thousand tons of beans, treasured by large and small brands, including Nestle and Starbucks, for their robust flavor. The program followed the supply chain to the source and revealed that the laborers who toil in Chiapas face unspeakably harsh working conditions. Even as corporate brands boast about their fair-trade organic labeling and certification practices, the documentary revealed that the plantation owners who grow the coffee beans employ teenagers and even young children during the annual harvest, many of whom come from Guatemala to work the fields. The team produced a 40-minute Spanish-language broadcast feature as well as a 25-minute English-language online-only documentary that featured dramatic footage of their investigation: children as young as six hauling canvas bundles filled with just-picked coffee beans that will soon become the morning joe sipped at breakfast throughout America and Europe.

Gerald Loeb Awards 2017