Connecther Presents:


Harvesting Hope Sarah Jahaan Khan, Headstart School

The World Health Organization (1992) reported that roughly 3 million pesticide poisonings occurred annually, and women suffered disproportionately. In many countries cotton picking is done exclusively by women, and my film highlights the health implications of chemical pesticides on them, and its unacceptable damage to the environment, to which rural women are intimately connected. However, there is hope in the form of individuals, and organizations promoting organic farming with non-toxic alternatives to pesticides. I made this film to raise the voices of the women and girls I met in the cotton fields, and raise awareness about this issue which has not received the attention it requires.