Title: Huicholes del Tabaco

Category: Human Rights

Award Winner - Edition 2017 - Best Photography & Light Effects Award

Each year, during dry season, Huichol families from the Sierra Madre in Nayarit, leave their communities to look for jobs as day laborers growing, cutting and harvesting tobacco on the northern coast of Nayarit state, in México. Most of the workers travel with their entire families: pregnant women, kids and new born child included.

Working at the tobacco fields means that they have to be in constant and permanent contact with chemical pesticides and fertilizers, a risk that affects all the workers but specially the native Mexican people because, as they don't have a place to live, they end up living at the tobacco fields where they don't have the proper place to wash their clothes and themselves, so they stay with the chemicals their whole stay and the whole season, at the same time, they don't have clean drinking water so they drink from the irrigation canal that comes from the Santiago River, one of the most contaminated rivers in México.

Director: César Rodriguez