Program 40 - WUFF @ Local 3 IBEW: 'Storm Soldiers'
Jun
10
5:30pm 5:30pm

Program 40 - WUFF @ Local 3 IBEW: 'Storm Soldiers'

Program 40 - #WUFF2016 @ The IBEW Local 3 Auditorium in Fresh Meadows, Queens, NY

Storm Soldiers (2015, 77 Min) - This story is about how electrical utility linemen's dangerous and challenging work impacts their personal lives, their families, and their sense of community. Linemen often arrive at disaster scenes before first responder and emergency workers. With that responsibility comes a unique sense of brotherhood. Linemen rely on one another to protect each others' safety and lives. Storm Soldiers II shows how this sense of brotherhood and community extends beyond the linemen to include their wives and children. With a dynamic look at the struggles and triumphs of bringing electricity to communities, Storm Soldiers II follows these brave men and women from storm sites to their homes.

GET YOUR FREE EVENT TICKETS HERE!

View Event →
Program 39 - WUFF @ CASA: Fighting Gentrification & Saving Homes
May
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

Program 39 - WUFF @ CASA: Fighting Gentrification & Saving Homes

  • CASA - Community Action for Safe Apartments (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Program 39: WUFF @ CASA in The Bronx - We Fight Gentrification & Save Working People's Homes
                                     CASA: Community Action for Safe Apartments

Films by and about CASA - Community Action for Safe Apartments, in The Bronx. CASA works with tenants to make sure they know their rights when landlords are trying to push them out in order to gentrify their neighborhoods.

Get Your Free Tickets at Eventbrite NOW!

We Know What We Want - The Story of CASA - Hundreds of Bronx residents, faith leaders, union members, local artists and community members from CASA and 10 other community organizations came out in force to push for a housing plan that is affordable to the people that live here. At the Bronx Borough President’s hearing in November, the people of the Bronx stood united to stop the Mayor’s Housing Plan. (2015, 4 min) 

Jerome Avenue Workers - The story of the community's fight to stop the gentrification and redevelopment of The Bronx in a way which would push current working families further out of the city. (2015, 12 min)

Judith: Portrait of a Street Vendor - This film takes us on an intimate journey into the daily life of Judith, a street vendor from Guatemala who lives and works in New York City. Judith exposes the routine obstacles she and her fellow immigrant vendors face daily on the city's streets and reveals her own struggles and hopes as an immigrant worker, mother, activist and community organizer.  (2013, 17 min)

All programming to be followed by a Q&A w. CASA's Susanna Blankey and other guests.

 

View Event →
Program 38 - WUFF @ DRUM: 'Udita' - FREE
May
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Program 38 - WUFF @ DRUM: 'Udita' - FREE

Program 38

Sramik Awaaz: Workers Voices - Law At The Margins, a group of lawyers who assist labor organizing efforts worldwide, have produced this short film about women-led garment workers organizing in Bangladesh.  (2015, 5 min)

The Learning Alliance
- Three little boys collect garbage for money for food and school fees in Lahore, Pakistan. (Pakistan, 2016, 9 min)

My Birth Certificate
- Four stop motion animations by a group of Bangladeshi children aged 7-11 show how having a birth certificate helps them to access government services like schools, and how proof of age and identity can stop early marriage and trafficking. (UK, 2016, 9 min)

Claiming our Voice
- Shares the stories of Andolan, an organization founded and led by South Asian immigrant women low-wage workers as a means to support each other and collectively organize against exploitative work conditions. The film follows the women as they create, rehearse and refine acts for their first popular multi-lingual theater performance, directed by Yalini Dream.  (2013, 20 min)

The Workers Unite Film Festival and DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) present a film highlighting the struggle for labor rights in South Asia.

Udita - Documenting five turbulent years in the lives of the women who are at the grass roots of the garment workers struggle in Bangladesh. In their own words, they decribe how the factory owners live lavishly while the workers live like beggars. Garment workers live in run-down rooms in the slums where many have to share a communal bathroom and most sleep on the floor. Their salaries are barely enough to pay bills and afford food. Organizing a union to protect the over four million garment workers in the workplace led to punishment through beatings, sacking, and arrests. The 2013 tragedies of Tazreen and Rana Plaza, in which thousands of innocent lives were lost, lead up to the present day where the long fight continues. The film analyzes this period of time through the stories that are shared by the unions’ members, workers and leaders. (2015, 76 min)

View Event →
Program 37 - Terry Jones' 'Boom, Bust, Boom' and 'Goodwin's Way' @ Penn South Community Center!
May
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

Program 37 - Terry Jones' 'Boom, Bust, Boom' and 'Goodwin's Way' @ Penn South Community Center!

Program 37 - #WUFF2016 @ Penn South Community Center

Boom, Bust, Boom - The result of a meeting between writer, director, historian and Python Terry Jones and economics professor and entrepreneur Theo Kocken. Co-written by Jones and Kocken and featuring John Cusack, Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J. Shiller and Paul Krugman, the film is part of a global movement to change the economic system through education to protect the world from boom and bust. A unique look at why economic crashes happen, Boom Bust Boom is a multimedia documentary combining live action with animation and puppetry to explain economics to everyone. (2016, 75 min)

Goodwin's Way - Almost a century after controversial labour activist Ginger Goodwin was shot down, residents of Cumberland, B.C. find themselves at a crossroads.  The notorious Cumberland mineworker took part in some of Canada’s most important labour battles of the early 1900s. Blackballed after the bitter 1912 Vancouver Island miner’s strike, Goodwin fought for the eight-hour workday at the height of World War I, while boldly opposing the conscription of his fellow workers. His influence was so great that his death in 1918 prompted Canada's first-ever general strike.  Now, just two kilometers from the road that once bore his name, clouds loom over the site of a newly-proposed coalmine.  Goodwin's Way examines a town's grassroots resistance to a coal-powered future, as Cumberland residents reconnect with Goodwin’s legacy of passionate defiance: his 'way'. (Canada, 2016, 56 min)

You can RSVP on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 36 - 'Fix It! Healthcare At The Tipping Point' followed by a Q&A with director Richard Master
May
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Program 36 - 'Fix It! Healthcare At The Tipping Point' followed by a Q&A with director Richard Master

Program 36

The Workers Unite Film Festival, in partnership with Physicians for a National Healthcare Program and NYSNA, presents a powerful new documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide to expand support for major healthcare reform.

Fix It! Healthcare At The Tipping Point - Two years in the making, with more than forty voices advocating for reform, including: activists, health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders, this documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation's health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens. Followed by a Q&A with director Richard Master & guest speakers. (2015)

You can purchase your tickets here on Eventbrite.

View Event →
Program 35 - '99 Homes' @ Cooper Square Commitee
May
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Program 35 - '99 Homes' @ Cooper Square Commitee

  • Cooper Square Committee 61 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Program 35 - WUFF @ Cooper Square Committee

Saving Midtown - The story of the largest (and ongoing!) rent strike in San Francisco since 1978. The mostly black residents represent the last 6% of black people living in San Francisco. They have been gentrified three times over and are fighting to hold on to what is left of the Filmore district - the Harlem of the west. When the city decided to turn over their buildings - which they thought they owned - to a Christan non-profit developer, this community of working people decided to fight back. They show both the city and the developers that #blackhomesmatter and that nobody is going to take exploitation sitting down. (2016, 13 min)

99 Homes - Andrew Garfield gives a powerful performance as a young man coming face to face with the subterfuge at the heart of the recent mortgage security backed economic collapse. Set amidst the backdrop of the 2008 housing market catastrophe, Dennis Nash, a hard-working and honest man, can't save his family home despite his best efforts. Thrown to the streets with alarming precision by real estate shark Mike Carver, Dennis, out of work and luck, is given a unique opportunity - to join Carver's crew and put others through the harrowing ordeal done to him in order to earn back what's his. (2015, 112 min)

You can RSVP on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 34 - WUFF's 2nd Annual Filmmaker Bootcamp & Festival After Party!
May
21
2:00pm 2:00pm

Program 34 - WUFF's 2nd Annual Filmmaker Bootcamp & Festival After Party!

Meet with Erica Ginsberg from Docs In Progress and John Trigonis, from Indiegogo to learn how to make your activist film into reality. You'll get lots of hands on experience too from established doc filmmakers from around the country who are attending to help make your dreams into reality.

Read more here.  Get your Bootcamp passes on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 33 - The US Premiere of Psychos!
May
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

Program 33 - The US Premiere of Psychos!

WALL (Greece, 2015, 13 min) - Friday afternoon. Nine people before a wall. Waiting. Gifted with enthusiastic collaborations from myriad sources across Greece, hardened by the uncertainty of imposed economic depression, and finally, enlivened and pushed by a sharp collective energy comes a brief comedy of man and mammon.

The Feed (2015, 10 min) - In a corporate-owned America, a fugitive receives an unexpected message of solidarity, planting the seeds of revolution against a system designed to keep the 99% under control. "The Feed" is what the bottom level of this world looks like, in a system that's been perfected down to the last detail.

Psychos (Russia, 2016, 94 min) - Two young fans of psychobilly music consider themselves fascists. Influenced by the environment and fascinated by the pseudo-appeal of external attributes, they remain unaware of how far all of it may lead. After a murder is committed, to prove their innocence both guys go on the run and face manifestations of real fascism.

You can purchase your tickets here on Eventbrite.

View Event →
Program 32 - WUFF Partners with Cinema Club at Williamsburg's Videology!
May
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Program 32 - WUFF Partners with Cinema Club at Williamsburg's Videology!

WUFF partners with Williamsburg's Videology & Cinema Club to bring you a night of entertaining, enlightening and engaging short films!

Homme - directed by Ben Elias - A short film about longing, encyclopedias, and getting off the ground.

The Going Away Party - directed by Connor Hurley - With a broken nose, a grandmother convinced he's autistic and a psychiatrist saying he's depressed, Connor sees only one way out: suicide.

Short History of Abandoned Sets - directed by Rä di Martino - Abandoned movie sets are used. The actors are two local kids, born not far from the film studios—now almost abandoned. The two kids re-enact a few lines from movies that have been shot there, an American horror movie and Lawrence of Arabia.

Coffee - directed by Forrest McCuller - A cafe employee labors under the weight of their own ideas.

The Learning Alliance - directed by Muhammad Umar Saeed - Three brothers who are changing their future by studying and at the same time selling garbage in Lahore, Pakistan. The Learning Alliance is a portrait of children with dreams and their struggle towards achieving it.

View Event →
Program 32A - WUFF 2016 Special Second Screening Program!
May
19
5:30pm 5:30pm

Program 32A - WUFF 2016 Special Second Screening Program!

  • Amalgamted Lithographers Union Local 1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Due to popular demand WUFF has added a very special evening of programming next Thursday. This special screening series will re-present previously sold out shows, allowing a second chance to bring these fantastic films to a wider audience. We start @ 5:30 with 'American Reds', followed by Kathleen Foster's 'Profiled' @ 7:00, with the director on hand for a Q&A after the screening.  Next up is 'Finish Line: The Rise and Demise of Off-Track Betting', which will be followed by a Q&A with the director Joseph Fusco. And we will close the evening with 'Vertical Slum' @ 10:00pm, a feature on the Confinanzas Tower in Venezuela.  (Image credit, above: Matthew Flannery)

Get your tickets on Eventbrite here.


'American Reds' @ 5:30PM

'Profiled' @ 7:00PM, followed by a Q&A with director Kathleen Foster

'Finish Line: The Rise & Demise of Off-Track Betting' @ 8:15PM, followed by a Q&A with director Joseph Fusco.

'Vertical Slum' @10:00PM

A feature on the Confinanzas Tower in Venezuela (also known as the Torre David) which depicts how, in the midst of a housing crisis, ordinary people have taken an abandoned, unfinished luxury housing complex and re-purposed it for themselves.  Vertical Slum explores how architecture reflects ideology, and uses this structure as a case study of the huge social, economic and political changes of the past three decades of Venezuelan history. (2016, 50 min)

Get your tickets on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 31 - WUFF Music & Poetry Night @ Williamsburg's Muchmores: Night Two
May
18
to May 19

Program 31 - WUFF Music & Poetry Night @ Williamsburg's Muchmores: Night Two

Program 31

An amazing night of powerful music and spoken word performance.

Get your tickets on Eventbrite here!

9:00-9:05 PM - A special presentation from Taina Asili

9:05-9:25 PM - Bev Grant

9:30-9:50 PM - Color Collage

9:55-10:25 PM - TBD

10:30-10:50 PM - Stason Bobo

11:00-11:30 PM - Ghost Rodeo

 

View Event →
Program 30 - Progressives in the Middle East: Syriza - This Is A Coup & Manpower
May
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

Program 30 - Progressives in the Middle East: Syriza - This Is A Coup & Manpower

This Is A Coup (Greece, 2016, 16 min) - Part one of a four part series dealing with the economic crisis in Greece, how the radical left wing party Syriza succeeded in a miraculous election victory and what happened when this new radical party faced the reactionary forces of EU banking.

Manpower (Israel, 2014, 85 min) -  Israeli director Noam Kaplan crafts a portrait of four men struggling to maintain their dignity. Meir, an outstanding police officer who’s put in charge of a special operation targeting foreign workers, can’t even afford brand-name toilet paper. Minibus driver Haim grieves quietly when his beloved son, daughter-in-law and grandchild emigrate to Canada. Erez, the son of a Filipina, fights tooth and nail for his dream of serving in an IDF combat unit, while Bamba, a Nigerian housecleaner, believes hard work and good behavior will protect him from deportation.

You can purchase your tickets here on Eventbrite.

View Event →
Program 29 - WUFF Music & Poetry Night @ Williamsburg's Muchmores: Night One
May
17
to May 18

Program 29 - WUFF Music & Poetry Night @ Williamsburg's Muchmores: Night One

Program 29

Sponsored by Local 802AFM

An amazing night of powerful music and spoken word performance.

Island of Klezbos

9:00-9:30 PM - Isle of Klezbos - The soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-women’s klezmer sextet has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998. Ranging from rambunctious to entrancing: neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies,Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking song, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals. 

9:40-10:10 PM  - Little Helen Rose - Blues Rock, Country Soul, Little Helen Rose's influences rise from the Bayou of New Orleans to the Rockabilly and country serenades of Nashville. Get ready to rock and roll, move your body and soul.

10:15-10:45 PM - Mac McCarty and Kid Twist

10:50-10:55 PM - Caminante - Music video by Marcos Tabera (2016, 4 minutes) This is the journey of the workers, fighting for a better life, forced to immigrate to survive.

11-11:30 PM -  Viktor Longo

11:40 PM-12:10 AM - Minnie Dee - A former star member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, Minnie Dee recently completed work on her debut album, produced by Riley McMahon (Spottiswoode & His Enemies). Influenced equally by Stevie Wonder and ‘60s pop art fashion, Minnie’s music combines super-fun, up-tempo party grooves with positive-message lyrics and sassy, soulful vocals.

View Event →
Program 28 - WUFF & NiteHawk Cinema present the Oscar nominated Cartel Land, followed by a special Q&A
May
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Program 28 - WUFF & NiteHawk Cinema present the Oscar nominated Cartel Land, followed by a special Q&A

¿Dónde Están?  (2016, 5 min) - Scottish artist and filmmaker, Jan Nimmo, moved to action by the forced disappearance of 43 unarmed college students in Mexico in September of 2014 created this tribute for the Ayotzinapa 43+/Tributo para los 43+ de. As of today they are still missing.

Cartel Land (2015, 100 min) - A riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley – Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border. Both films will be followed by a Q&A with Bradley Ross, editor and co-producer of the film, Andre Arias, assistant editor on location and Antonio Tizapa, father of one of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico.

MORE INFO HERE

GQ - “Documentarian Matthew Heineman embeds with vigilante groups on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border to show how civilians have taken it upon themselves to fight drug cartels where institutions have failed, amidst terrible violence and police corruption.”

Creative Planet Network - “Filmmaker Matthew Heineman didn’t set out to put himself in the middle of a standoff between the Mexican military and a heavily armed vigilante group. Nor did he intend to spend any time crouched inside a car taking fire from members of a drug cartel. But his work on the feature documentary Cartel Land took him into both of those situations—and more.”

Rolling Stone - “Matthew Heineman's documentary starts out as a chronicle of everyday people taking on a national scourge; it ends up asking viewers to decide whether vigilantism produces folk heroes or merely a different kind of predator, and reminding us that to live outside the law, you must be honest.”

All tickets can be purchased from NiteHawk Cinema here.

View Event →
Programs 24-27 - Every Fold Matters, a Stunning Live Multi-Media Experience
May
13
to May 16

Programs 24-27 - Every Fold Matters, a Stunning Live Multi-Media Experience

Programs 24, 25, 26, and 27.

The Workers Unite Film Festival is proud to present

EVERY FOLD MATTERS, a live performance with film by Lizzie Olesker and Lynne Sachs, that looks at the charged, intimate space of the local laundromat and the people who work there.  At the crossroads of a New York City neighborhood, we meet four characters in a laundromat – a uniquely social and public space that is quickly disappearing from our changing urban landscape.  Based on interviews with laundry workers, Every Fold Matters uses fiction and documentary elements to explore stories of immigration, identity, money, stains and dirt.  Featuring acclaimed downtown actors Ching Valdes-Aran, Jasmine Holloway, Veraalba Santa, and Tony Torn, design by Chris Maltby, film editing by Amanda Katz, producing by Nick McCarthy and original music derived from the sounds of a real, working laundromat by Stephen Vitiello.

5/13 @ 8pm

5/14 @ 8pm

5/15 @ 3pm *Followed by a special screening of As You Pass By, an exploration of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and Precarious Workers Pageant, a short film by Setare S. Arashloo, filmed during the Venice Biennial, to highlight the abuse and exploitation of workers in Abu Dhabi, especially on the new Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry.

5/16 @ 8pm

You can purchase your tickets to four different performance dates on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 23 - This Woman's Work: Women Are the Answer
May
12
9:30pm 9:30pm

Program 23 - This Woman's Work: Women Are the Answer

Women Are the Answer (Australia & India, 2015, 90 min) - A film that explains how population growth has been left out of the climate debate because it is seen as controversial. The global population has passed the 7 billion mark and India is overtaking China as the most populous nation in the world, but one state in southern India has found the solution. The unique history of Kerala and ‘the Kerala Model’ is outlined as an example of achieving population control in developing countries without coercion.

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 22 - The Abortion Rights Documentary 'Trapped', Followed by a Panel Discussion w. Special Guests
May
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

Program 22 - The Abortion Rights Documentary 'Trapped', Followed by a Panel Discussion w. Special Guests

WUFF presents a special screening of 'Trapped', followed by a panel featuring the film's producer Marilyn Ness, alongside Jezebel founder Anna Holmes, artist and activist Sarah Sophie Flicker and Huffington Post reporter Laura Bassett, moderated by political analyst and commentator Zerlina Maxwell.

Trapped - A brilliant new documentary detailing how the forces on the side of the national law deal with anti-abortion groups to make abortion impossible for working women in many parts of the country. U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state legislatures. In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia have measures subjecting abortion providers to legal restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary laws, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. As the U.S. Supreme Court decides in 2016 whether individual states may essentially outlaw abortion (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt), this film follows clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. (2016, 90 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here.

 

View Event →
Program 21 - This Womans Work: Selected Shorts & The NYC Premiere of 'Sista In The Brotherhood', followed by Q&A w. director Dawn Jones Redstone
May
12
5:00pm 5:00pm

Program 21 - This Womans Work: Selected Shorts & The NYC Premiere of 'Sista In The Brotherhood', followed by Q&A w. director Dawn Jones Redstone

Program 21

Workers Art Coalition - NYC - By Setare S. Arashloo about Workers Art Coalition, an evolving group of building trades women and men who collaborate on art and movement, building projects in public spaces. (2015, 11 min)

A Piece of the Dream: Amanda - Amanda, a single mother of two, speaks passionately on her active role in the Fight For $15. The film also explores her retelling of the unfair treatment she received working at both McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts along with the current struggles she faces raising her sons and living on minimum wage in Albany NY.  Produced by the Workers Development Institute of NY State. (2015, 6 min)

The Valley With A Heart - Over decades of working as nurses, Lori Schmidt and Elaine Weale have seen healthcare become a profit-driven, assembly line industry. When they joined the union, they were doing what their parents and grandparents taught them to do – standing up for what’s right. Drawing on family traditions and community pride, the Wyoming Valley Nurse’s Association is organizing for better patient care with nurses across Pennsylvania. (2015, 13 min)

Sista In the Brotherhood - A black tradeswoman faces discrimination on a new jobsite and must choose between making a stand or keeping her job.  Winner Best Short Film AND Best Oregon Short Film at Portland International Film Festival. The story tracks a black, apprentice carpenter, played by Sidony O’neal, struggling to prove herself on her first day at a new job site. An outlier in a white, male-dominated workforce, she’s forced to navigate the crew’s reactions to her. When things come to a head, she receives inspiration from a surprising source that helps her realize she has to make a stand or risk never being recognized as the skilled worker she has become. Followed by a Q&A w. director Dawn Jones Redstone(2015, 21 min) 

A Piece of the Dream: Jahmeera - A day in the life of a young single mother working at Wendy's. Produced by the Workers Development Institute of NY State. (2015, 5 min) 

NYSNA Healthcare Delegation to Cuba - The New York State Nurses Association organized an exchange trip to Cuba for a number of their nurses. This is their short film. (2015, 7 min) 

Workers Voices: Sramik Awaaz - Law In The Margins, a group of lawyers who assist labor organizing efforts worldwide, have produced this short film about women led garment workers organizing in Banglasdesh. (2015, 5 min)

Brandworkers May Day Campaign Video - This short documentary sheds crucial light on the harsh realities faced by food factory workers who toil behind the scenes of the so-called sustainable food movement.  While people enjoy the growth of sustainable food produced in the five boroughs including artisanal bread, hummus, and much more, tragically, like so many aspects of the food system and economy, the great promise of local food is being undermined by the serious mistreatment of low-income immigrant workers. (2015, 5 min) 

We Were There - A music video by artist and songwriter Bev Grant. (2015, 5 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here. 

 

View Event →
Program 20 - 'Last Reel' & 'Waiting for the (T)rain' - FREE
May
12
4:00pm 4:00pm

Program 20 - 'Last Reel' & 'Waiting for the (T)rain' - FREE

Last Reel - Film projectionists at the Little Art Theatre in Ohio speak about the craft of 35mm projection and the heartache in transitioning to digital formats, feeling the loss of yet another handcrafted profession. (2015, 8 min)

Waiting For the (T)rain - In a small village, lost in a dusty desert in Burkina's bush, a train passes by twice a week. Various food items and water bottles discarded by the passing passengers constitute the main income of the village, and the only source of water during dry season. (2015, 25 min)

You can RSVP here on Eventbrite.

View Event →
Program 19 - Global Labor Solidarity Day! Shorts Program
May
11
9:30pm 9:30pm

Program 19 - Global Labor Solidarity Day! Shorts Program

To Help Us - An animated short explaining everything you need to know about how we are exploited by the 1%. (2015, 2 min)

Thailand Seafood Slaves - Over two and a half years after one of Thailand’s most high profile human trafficking cases generated international attention around the plight of the men forced to fish in a brutal seafood industry, EJF’s most recent investigation in Kantang has uncovered that abusive employers and corrupt officials continue to operate with impunity, trafficking networks remain unbroken and fishers are still at sea – trapped in an endless cycle of debt, exploitation and abuse. (2016, 14 min)

Every Row A Path- In the berry fields of Washington State’s Skagit valley, migrant teenage girls struggle to balance family and school with back-breaking agricultural work. Statistically, they are destined to fail, but five young women are determined to beat those odds. A collaboration between documentary filmmaker, Jill Freidberg, and the migrant youth of Mount Vernon, Every Row a Path opens a window onto the daily struggles and triumphs of being young, migrant, and female in rural America. (2015, 29 min)

If You Could Walk In My Shoes - Roberto Marquez is an artisan from Ecuador, who immigrated to the United States over 14 years ago. He has been living and working in New York City as a shoe cobbler, and is an undocumented immigrant. In 2013, Roberto, and his wife Maria, welcomed a baby girl into their family. A first-generation American Citizen. Roberto struggles to support his family, here and abroad. In spite of the odds they are up against, he reflects on his own life, and the future he wants for his family. (2015, 27 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 18 - Global Labor Solidarity Day! 'A Bold Peace' & 'The Stand-By Generation'
May
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Program 18 - Global Labor Solidarity Day! 'A Bold Peace' & 'The Stand-By Generation'

I Am a #YoungWorker - A film that gets to the core of what young workers face today– their struggles, their dreams, and their hopes for the future. (2016, 4 min)

Proud To Be a Member of The Global Labor Film Festival

Proud To Be a Member of The Global Labor Film Festival

The Stand By Generation Focused on the country of Puerto Rico, the film follows the lives of young people caught in the ‘precariat’ world of part-time and temporary under-employment devoid of security(2015, 19 min)

A Bold Peace -Costa Rica's civil war in 1948 shook the country to its foundations, culminating in the decision to abolish the military. As Costa Ricans dismantled their military establishment, they intentionally cultivated security relationships with other nations through treaties, international laws, and international organizations. Over the decades, the Costa Rican model has survived several serious crises, but the current threats may be the most formidable of all. (2016, 101 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 17 - Global Labor Solidarity Day! 'Limpiadores' & 'Hazelnuts & Child Labor' - FREE
May
11
5:30pm 5:30pm

Program 17 - Global Labor Solidarity Day! 'Limpiadores' & 'Hazelnuts & Child Labor' - FREE

PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE GLOBAL LABOR FILM FESTIVAL

PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE GLOBAL LABOR FILM FESTIVAL

Limpiadores -  Before professors and students arrive for their morning classes at some of London’s most prestigious universities, these are the people who are finishing work. Fleeing the social and political instability of their home countries, many Latin Americans come to London looking for work opportunities and a safe environment to raise and educate their children. In turn, they are confronted with discrimination, labour exploitation and social “invisibility”. Outsourced as cleaning staff, Latin American immigrants have suffered for years in the hands of profit-led outsourcing businesses. (UK, 2015, 25 min)

Hazelnuts and Child Labor - In 2010 Zara, a nine year old, picks hazelnuts with her family in the Turkish Black Sea region. Working 11 hours per day during the harvest in August, often seven days a week, in the evening, they return to a tent camp where no facilities are available. Making this journey every year, Zara and her friends routinely return to school late. Five years later has anything changed? Has child labor been reduced? Have the facilities for seasonal workers been improved? And how fare the children who are doing the hard labor? (Norway, 2015, 52 min

You can RSVP on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 16 - Labor Horror Night! 'Human Resources'
May
10
10:00pm10:00pm

Program 16 - Labor Horror Night! 'Human Resources'

The Feed - In a corporate-owned America, a fugitive receives an unexpected message of solidarity, planting the seeds of revolution against a system designed to keep the 99% under control. (2015, 10 min)

Human Resources - In this ghost story for the 99%, a young woman who lands a new job discovers that the skyscraper she works in is haunted by victims of the corporation's cutthroat pursuit of profit.  Unable to ignore injustices embodies by the disembodied, she sets out to reveal the truth and stop her bosses before their seemingly benign business operations kill again. (2015, 75 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 15 - Free Radicals Night! 'Still the Enemy Within'
May
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Program 15 - Free Radicals Night! 'Still the Enemy Within'

Under Skin In Blood - What if the dream you have is fatal? Faye hopes for a life with her husband, Henry, as they move to Baryugil to start a family when Henry gets work in the mine. Baryugil is an open cut asbestos mine and Henry becomes terminally ill. Faye is devastated but still has her son, Jack, to keep her strong. But the asbestos has not just infested the mine workers, it has riddled the whole town. A story inspired by the experience of the Aboriginal workers of the Baryugil mine and their families. (Australia, 2015, 13 min)

Still the Enemy Within - Thirty years ago, Thatcher went to war.  These are the miners who fought back.  Featuring a unique insight into one of history’s most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike. No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through Britain’s longest strike. (UK, 2014, 111 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 14 - Special Sneak Preview! 'American Reds', featuring a Q&A with filmmakers Richard Wormser and Bill Jersey
May
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Program 14 - Special Sneak Preview! 'American Reds', featuring a Q&A with filmmakers Richard Wormser and Bill Jersey

American Reds - This lively documentary tells the story of the emergence of the Communist Party USA between 1930-1945 as the foremost radical political group in America, and the Party's subsequent collapse between 1946 and 1960 as a result of the Cold War and the revelation of Stalin's crimes. Followed by a Q&A with Producer Bill Jersey and Producer/Director Richard Wormser, plus special guests. (2016, 85 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 13 - World Premiere of 'Finish Line: The Rise and Demise of Off-Track Betting' featuring a Q&A with director Joseph Fusco
May
9
8:30pm 8:30pm

Program 13 - World Premiere of 'Finish Line: The Rise and Demise of Off-Track Betting' featuring a Q&A with director Joseph Fusco

Image credit: Matthew Flannery

Flotsam - A short, experimental documentary chronicling the legendary Mardi Gras event in New Orleans through the eyes of those who clean it all up. (2016, 15 min)

Finish Line: The Rise and Demise Of Off-Track Betting - The first documentary film of the untold story of OTB. A fascinating story of vice, political corruption, New York, and horses, but most of all a story of people: the people who worked at OTB, the people who played at OTB, and the people who killed OTB. Followed by a Q&A with director Joseph Fusco (2015, 65 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 12 - NYC Tales & 'Trash Dance'
May
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

Program 12 - NYC Tales & 'Trash Dance'

TWU Local 100 - GCS Call Center Workers Fight Back - Call Center Workers struggle to get their fair shake. (2015, 7 min)

TWU - B6 Time We Unite - The inflight crew members of Jet Blue Airlines are uniting for a seat at the table, for a fair & equitable contract, for a voice in the workplace. (2015, 4 min)

NYChapters: Bryan "Monkey" Northam - A day in the life of Central Park carriage driver Bryan Northam as he 'hacks' customers and shares stories from his 34 year long career. (2015, 9 min)

Trash Dance - A choreographer finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and against the odds, rallies reluctant city trash collectors to perform an extraordinary dance spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen sanitation workers -- and their trucks -- inspire an audience of thousands. (2012, 68 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 11 - Working Class Heroes: Shorts About the Struggles of Public Employees - FREE
May
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

Program 11 - Working Class Heroes: Shorts About the Struggles of Public Employees - FREE

DC37: Fight for $15 for ALL - (2015, 1 min)

DC37: CUNY Rally 3/10/16 - (2016, 2 min)

DC37: PEP Officers Protect Battery Park City - (2015, 2 min)

DC37: DC37 Stands Up for Puerto Rico - (2015, 2 min)

A Living Wage - Two Boston fast food workers organize for a $15 per hour minimum wage - the wage they say is the least necessary to support their basic needs. (2015, 20 min)

Night Shift - Night shift custodians from all over the world have formed a family at the University of Texas. (2015, 18 min)

One Man's Trash - For 34 years, Nelson Molina has worked for the NYC Department of Sanitation, developing a unique relationship to the objects that fill the garbage bags lining the streets. With a keen curatorial eye for finding treasure in household trash, Nelson has created a collection of found objects in a sanitation garage in East Harlem, which he refers to as a museum of “Treasures in the Trash.”  (2015, 17 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite or read more here.

View Event →
Program 10 - 'The Second Mother'
May
8
8:15pm 8:15pm

Program 10 - 'The Second Mother'

¿Dónde Están? - Scottish artist Jan Nimmo's striking and beautiful tribute to the 43 students murdered by drug cartels in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. The victims, mostly men in their 20's, were studying to become teachers at a college in rural Ayotzinapa. On September 26, they traveled on buses and vans to nearby Iguala for a protest about lack of funding for their school. They haven't been seen or heard from since. (UK, 2015, 5 min) 

The Second Mother An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, centering around Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. Val is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means. (Brazil, 2015, 112 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here.

View Event →
Program 9 - 'Oriented' featuring a Q&A with director Jake Witzenfeld
May
8
6:15pm 6:15pm

Program 9 - 'Oriented' featuring a Q&A with director Jake Witzenfeld

#WUFF2016 is Proud to Partner with NewFest for the Screening of Oriented

#WUFF2016 is Proud to Partner with NewFest for the Screening of Oriented

Oriented - Oriented follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexualidentity in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014. Khader is a Tel Aviv "darling" from a prominent Muslim mafia family living with his Jewish boyfriend, David, a local LGBT nightlife impresario, and their Dalmatian, Otis, in Tel Aviv. Khader is conflicted by his desire for change in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation. Fadi is an ardent Palestinian nationalist confronted by guilt-ridden Jewish love and Naeem must confront his family with the truth about his sexuality. Meanwhile, a war is brewing. Determined to make a change, these three best friends form a non-violent, cultural resistance group making viral content for gender and national equality. While their work may not change the world, it certainly helps them deal with the frustration of living with multi-faceted identities. Featuring a Q&A with director Jake Witzenfeld. (2015, 86 min)

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite here.

View Event →