“In Factories and Fields: Uncovering COVID’s Hidden Toll on Essential Workers” Virtual Event


July 23, 2020


A Virtual Event with the Filmmakers of


Thursday, July 30th at 6:30pm EST / 3:30pm PST

FRONTLINE invites you to join a compelling conversation with Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cediel, the filmmaking team behind COVID’s Hidden Toll. The virtual program will feature film clips and a conversation about the hidden cost of the pandemic on immigrants and undocumented agricultural workers who make up the essential work force helping to provide the nation’s food supply. 

The discussion will explore: 

  • How there are no national mandatory COVID protections for workers – only voluntary guidelines – and companies are not required to tell their own employees about potential infections at their worksites. 
  • Efforts to establish more aggressive measures to protect workers, such as in California, where many of America’s fruits and vegetables are grown. 
  • The significance of the human toll – highlighting the experiences of co-workers and family members as they navigate the risks of going to work and protecting their health, with limited access to crucial information and resources.

This is a free virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom. You must RSVP in order to receive the Zoom link, which will be included in your email confirmation. If you are new to Zoom, please visit this page with instructions on how to get started.

Watch COVID’s HIDDEN TOLL at, in the PBS Video App, or on YouTube.


Daffodil Altan, Film Director, COVID’s Hidden Toll
Andrés Cediel, Film Director, COVID’s Hidden Toll
Robert Rivas, Assemblymember, California’s 30th Assembly District
Dr. Max Cuevas, CEO, Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas
Moderated by Maria Hinojosa, President and Founder of Futuro Media


COVID’s Hidden Toll is supported by Chasing the Dream, a public media initiative from WNET in New York that examines poverty, justice and economic opportunity in America.

You can hear more about the reporting for the film by listening to The FRONTLINE Dispatch podcast: “Essential and Unprotected.”

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