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Joanne Ramos "The Farm" Book Launch
Nestled in New York's Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, personal fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you're paid big money to stay here—more than you've ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds, your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else.
Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future when she commits to being a "Host" at Golden Oaks—or the Farm, as residents call it. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she'll receive on the delivery of her child.
Gripping, provocative, heartbreaking, The Farm pushes to the extremes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.
Lisa Valencia-Svensson is an Emmy award winning producer and Head of Operations at Multitude Films. She co-produced ALWAYS IN SEASON, which won the Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency at Sundance 2019. She produced CALL HER GANDA (Tribeca 2018), nominated for the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Documentary and to be broadcast on POV. Her first documentary HERMAN'S HOUSE (Full Frame 2012) won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming, and broadcast on POV. Her second feature MIGRANT DREAMS (Hot Docs 2016) won the Canadian Hillman Prize, Canadian Association of Journalists award, and broadcast on Al Jazeera. Other credits include THE WORLD BEFORE HER (Tribeca 2012) and LAILA AT THE BRIDGE (CPH:DOX 2018).