The Last Harvest: The Yemenis of the San Joaquin

"The Last Harvest" explores the lives and times of Muslim immigrants from Yemen who started settling in California's San Joaquin Valley in the late 1960's. At the peak of the sojourn migration, some 5000 Yemenis were employed in the grape fields of Delano and Tulare. Today only several hundred remain. This is their story.

  • Erik Friedl
    Director
    Kiss the Animals Goodbye, The Power of Compassion
  • Jonathan Friedlander
    Writer
  • Jonathan Friedlander
    Producer
  • Mohamad Abdullah
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 23, 2012
  • Production Budget:
    9,400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Erik Friedl

Raised in Switzerland, Genesis Award-winner Erik Friedl is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker whose documentaries have won over thirty major festival awards. Friedl has turned his camera on environmental and companion-animal issues (“Kiss the Animals Goodbye”, “The Power of Compassion”, “Protecting the Web”), the Middle Eastern immigrant experience in America (“The Last Harvest: The Yemenis of the San Joaquin”, “Crossroads Anatolia”, “Nouri’s Dance”), and he was cameraman on Mel Stuart’s final directing effort, “Shakespeare in Watts.” He also co-wrote “Western Odyssey” with Luciano Vincenzoni (“For a Few Dollars More”, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”).

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