May
19
5:00 pm17:00

Program 28: 1199SEIU special screening

  • 1199 SEUI Auditorium

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WORKERS UNITE FILM FESTIVAL SALUTES 1199/SEIU - A SPECIAL EVENING OF FILMS AND DISCUSSIONS ON WORKER/LABOR ISSUES FOR 1199/SEIU MEMBERS & FRIENDS.

Story of America: Journey Into the Divide: Part 1

Left and Right Unite to Fight Vidant Hospital Corporation's Closure of Belhaven Hospital.
The Story of America is a unique project to both document the story of our divided nation in 2013, and engage those with the power to heal these divisions - the people - in the transforming power of storytelling and dialogue. 

 Story of America: Journey Into the Divide: Part 2

The Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina: Healing the Breach. The weekly 
fight to stop the spread of racist anti-voter laws by the GOP in North Carolina and throughout the South.

 Q & A with the Directors Annabel Park and Eric Byler

Inequality For All

A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class & workers, this film features Robert Reich-professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member-as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy.

May
16
8:30 pm20:30

Program 26: Happy Lands

  • Litho Auditorium

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It's the General Strike of 1926 - only seven years after the slaughter of the trenches. Miners’ unions lead the country against savage austerity cuts handed to the nation by a Liberal-Conservative government. Inspired by true stories from local families in Fife, The Happy Lands follows the journey of law-abiding citizens who become law-breakers in a heroic battle against the state. It's never a good time to stand up for your rights - but it's always the right time.

May
16
6:15 pm18:15

Program 25: Struggles of Migrant Workers

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Tala

Tala is a young Filipino domestic worker living with a bourgeois family on the north shore of Montreal. As she runs through her daily chores, dealing with the eccentricities of her employers, an unexpected phone call puts her at great risk of getting fired

Cesar's Last Fast (NYC Premiere this week)

In the summer of 1988 Cesar Chavez, then 61 years old, embarked on a water­ only fast – a personal act of penance for not having done enough to stop growers from spraying toxic pesticides on farm workers. For more than a month no one, including Cesar, knew when he would eat again. Chavez risked his life in pursuit economic justice for America’s most vulnerable workforce.

May
15
10:00 pm22:00

Program 24: Forward

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Forward' (Wisconsin's state motto) is an activist-level view of the uprising that swept state senators out of office. This film uses the reflections of people involved in the protests of winter 2011 to show what galvanized non-radicals into a movement that quickly drew international attention to Madison, Wisconsin for political action unlike anything seen in America since the Vietnam

May
15
8:00 pm20:00

Program 23: Fight Against Labor Oppression

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Nae Pasaran! (They Won't Pass) (From a sold out Tribeca show!)

As Augusto Pinochet, backed by the US governemt, murdered a democractically elected leader, Salvadore Allende. Thousands of union members, students, leftists and all manner of Allende supporters were rounded up into killing centers. Scottish union ariplane engine mechanics saw news footage of this brutality and decided to take action.

Schoolidarity (NYC Premiere!)

A NYC premier of this sharply aimed film about Wisconsin and Chicago teachers fighting back against the onslaught of anti-union governors and big city mayors willing to sell out public education to the burgeoning power of the for profit charter school movement – which just happens to be mostly union-free.

May
15
6:30 pm18:30

Program 20: NYC Premieres of Global Labor Films

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Tangled Threads

"Tangled Thread" chronicles labor rights activist Kalpona Akter's organizing efforts in Bangladesh’s garment industry before and after the Rana Plaza building collapse, which claimed the lives of at least 1,138 garment workers.

Tears in the Fabric

Tears in the Fabric follows Razia as, amidst the struggle of raising and educating her grandsons, she searches for resolution and answers through protest on the streets of Dhaka and amongst the rubble and torn fabrics of Rana Plaza.

Q & A w/ speakers.

May
15
6:00 pm18:00

Program 22: Poetry and the Arts for Workers and their Unions

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Overpass Light Brigade

Overpass Light Brigade' is a short film that tells the story behind Wisconsin's Holders of the Lights using innovative time-lapse photography and interviews with founding members and other activists.


Poetry and Spoken Word Performance by some of NYC’s top Poets

Working People’s Theater In NYC

Produced by the festival to illuminate other major arts groups working everyday to create and present live theater in NYC on the lives and issues of working people. We focus on The Working Theater, NYC’s pre-eminent producer of original plays that deal with working people’s lives.

Tripilaire

Ambitious executive, Julien is about to start a new job at a new company. He finishes dressing, when suddenly the most amazing things begin to happen.

 

May
15
5:00 pm17:00

Program 19: Global Labor Solidarity

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The Spanish General Strike

On March 29, 2012, millions of people across Spain went on strike.  This short film is about what happened in Barcelona on that day." 8 minutes

Tornistan

A smart, pointed, yet self-censored film criticizing press censorship of the Gezi Park protests which occurred between May-July 2013 in Turkey.

Workers Republic

Your boss gives you three days' notice that your workplace is closing. You will be unemployed in a recession, without the severance the law says you deserve. If you are the employees of Republic Windows and Doors... you fight back! For six days in December of 2008, laid-off Chicago factory workers took over their closing workplace, declaring they would not leave until the owners and creditors agreed to pay them the severance they were owed.

May
14
8:30 pm20:30

Program 18: Jews in Baseball

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The stereotype of Jews as non-athletic, as well as anti-semitism, are two issues that many Jewish baseball players faced and had to overcome. All ballplayers were exploited until the formation of the Major League Baseball Players Association.The film is in part about Jewish immigration, assimilation into American society, bigotry against Jews, the passing on of Jewish traditions even during assimilation, heroism, and the breaking of Jewish stereotypes.

May
14
8:15 pm20:15

Program 21: From the Shadows of Power

  • Cinema Village Theater Three

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This awarding winning documentary documents firsthand the turmoil in the aftermath of the British Miners Strike of 1984 85 and the parallel struggle of the UMWA in its long running battle with Pittston Coal. This film brings to life the real struggles of working people at the pivotal moment when state power was used to open the floodgates to global capital, aid the destruction of coalfield communities and its labor institutions.

May
14
8:15 pm20:15

Program 16: The Workers Behind Your Food

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Guess Who's Coming To Breakfast?

A charming and eye-opening live action short documentary, that reminds us of the tens of thousands of underpaid and unprotected workers who help get our daily meals into our fridges and on the table.

One Penny More & Día Internacional de la Mujer

One Penny More: By leveraging its high-volume purchasing power, the U.S. supermarket industry plays an active role in farmworker exploitation. Both by forcing low wages and brutal working conditions on farmworkers, these chains contribute to unfair labor conditions. They have the power to help solve them to.

Dia Internacional De La Mujer:  In March of 2013, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their allies embarked on a 200-mile march from Ft. Myers, FL to Lakeland, FL, home to supermarket Giant, calling on the grocery chain to enter into the CIW’s Fair Food Program, a unique partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and participating buyers that guarantees farmworkers’ human rights and increased pay.

Hard Labor

Working conditions on the banana and pineapple plantations of Latin America are tough... here workers tell of trade union persecution, low wages and exposure to pesticides.

The Harvest

THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA profiles three children who are pulled away from childhood to work on a farm as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest.

May
14
6:00 pm18:00

Program 17: Jewish Labor Stories: Past & Present

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Healing Across the Divides & Fit for Life

A short film and presentation from this foundation, that reaches out to marginalized working people on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to help increase the delivery of health and wellness services to these underserved populations.

Through the Eye of the Needle

A Holocaust survivor's remembrances in uniquely beautiful stitched images and vivid accounts bring an uplifting story to the screen. Esther Nisenthal was 15 in October of 1942 when the Jews of her village in Poland were ordered by Nazis to report to a nearby train station. Esther’s story, and those like hers, compel us to build a just and peaceful world for all.

New York Stories: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

This film focuses in on the tragedy at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory over 104 years ago and how the tragedy sparked massive labor unrest, organizing, demonstrations and ultimately brought the foundation of today’s occupational health and safety laws.

May
14
5:45 pm17:45

Program 15: Immigrant Labor Justice

  • Cinema Village Theater One

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El Camino

‘El Camino' follows the path of the anonymous migrant in search of the New World. This parable is a metaphor for the reality faced by migrants arriving in strange, new lands every day.

Grace

Grace is about the daily obstacles and dangers of living in America as an undocumented worker. Based on a true story, this touching film drives home the capriciousness of our current immigration system.
 

Living Off Tips: Parts One and Two

The hard and exploited work of waiting tables, where living off tips is the norm. Service employees deserve a living wage and the dignity of not having to perform every night in order to survive.

Bonita: Ugly Bananas

When Scottish artist, Jan Nimmo, travels to Ecuador, the world's largest exporter of bananas, to gather workers' testimonies, she observes the formation of the first trade unions in the banana sector for 30 years.

One Generation’s Time - The Story of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes

On June 1,1981,Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two reform officers in Seattle’s Alaska Cannery Workers’ Union, Local 37 of the (ILWU), were gunned down as they worked in the union offices. This touching and powerful film details the murders, the fight for fair labor conditions, the civil rights movement the murdered men helped foster, and the ensuing efforts to seek justice for their killings.

May
13
8:30 pm20:30

Program 14: Women Fight For Equality

  • Cinema Village Theater One

Never Got a Dime

Never Got a Dime is the story of Lilly Ledbetter, a former manager at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Gadsden, Alabama.

Women of the Workforce:WOW

The Workforce Development Institute/ NY created "Women’s Initiative" to focuse on programs that help women become self-sufficient and reach their potential. The Women’s initiative provides opportunities for women from diverse backgrounds to come together and exchange ideas about issues faced by working women. 8 minutes.

Taking the Heat

Captain Brenda Berkman of the FDNY broke every barrier in her rise to be one of the few women to lead an FDNY station, and she paid the price. She is a true hero of NYC and a hero to workingwomen everywhere.

Q & A with Brenda Berkman Captain, FDNY (retired)

May
13
6:00 pm18:00

Program 13: Remembering Rosies, Past and Present

  • Cinema Village Theater One

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Overpass Light Brigade

'Overpass Light Brigade' is a short film that tells the story behind Wisconsin's Holders of the Lights using innovative time-lapse photography and interviews with founding members and other activists.

On Her Shoulders

This multi-media performance took its viewers on a journey weaving through the lives and experiences of the nine women veterans. High school students trained with women veterans at the Albany, VA, then acted out their stories during the live performances.The project offered female veterans an opportunity to talk about themselves in a unique way, and for the audience to gain a new understanding of their experiences.

The Life and Times of Rosie The Riveter

The story is told by the women themselves, five former "Rosies," who movingly recall their histories working in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco during the war.

Rosie The Riveter Project Highlights & A Really Rosie              

Highlight reel from the 2010 update of the Rosie The Riveter film. These clips are part of the Rosie The Riveter Project, now based out of the NYU Tamiment Labor Archives.

 Q & A with “Real Rosie, Jerre Kalbas” from the NYC  NYC area and Spargel Productions: Anne deMare, Elizabeth Hemmerdinger & Kirsten Kelly, the producers of The Rosie the Riveter Project

Judith: Portrait of a Street Vendor (The Vamos Unidos Movement)

This fim takes the audience on an intimate journey into the daily life of Judith, a street vendor from Guatemala who lives and works in New York City.

Q & A with the Director, Zahida Pirani and Rafael Samanez Executive Director of Vamos Unidos 

Graciously sponsored by the NYC Central Labor Council, Winston Benefits, US Imaging Networks and the Puffin Foundation

May
12
8:00 pm20:00

Program 12: Joe Hill's Hideout & Brothers on the Line

  • Cinema Village Theater Three

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Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout

Did Wobbly protest singer Joe Hill hide out at the Rossland Miners' Union Hall back in 1912? Find out by seeing 'Joe Hill's Secret Canadian Hideout.' 9 minutes

Brothers on the Line

A stirring portrait of the lives and legacy of the Reuther Brothers -Walter, Roy and Victor, pioneering labor leaders under the banner of the United Auto Workers Union.

Q & A with Sasha Reuther, Director

May
12
6:00 pm18:00

Program 11: Films from the Frontlines / NYC

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Overpass Light Brigade

'Overpass Light Brigade' is a short film that tells the story behind Wisconsin's Holders of the Lights using innovative time-lapse photography and interviews with founding members and other activists.

TWU Frontline Films

Mary Matthews is the national digital media producer/director for the Transport Workers Union. She films workers’ struggles, setbacks and victories nationwide so that all workers everywhere can know that they are not fighting for their rights on their own.

RAP Shorts- Retail Reality: Shifty Business

Retail Reality: Shifty Business shows the struggles that retail workers face on a daily basis.

Car Wash Workers in NYC Fight to Clean up Dirty Business.

The story of the recently successful campaign by RWDSU to bring dignity and fairness to exploited "Carwasheros" around NYC.

Under the Bus

Anthony has driven a school bus in Staten Island, New York for twenty-four years. The film follows Anthony and his fellow drivers to the picket line, where they find themselves battling harsh winter weather, a media blackout, Union politics and a Mayor who refuses to negotiate. 62 minutes

Q & A with Directors Peter J. Haas and Keif Roberts

Graciously sponsored by TWU Local100, The NY Labor History Association and the Rubin Foundation

May
12
4:00 pm16:00

Program 10: Fighting to Save Worker's Homes and Union Jobs

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On The Merits

This film is a serious look back at the crazy years of the Ed Koch administration, when Mayor “How Am I Doing?” was busy handing out patronage goodies to sleazy lawbreakers and outright criminals, while honest civil servants languished on the legal hiring lists. 33 minutes

Made in the USA

Veteran journalist Bill Gillespie heads south (to the US) to find out the real impact of what the conservatives are planning for working people in Ontario. 20 minutes

Expect Resistance

Looks at the Take Back the Land and Occupy Wall Street movements as they began to respond to the foreclosure crisis.

Graciously sponsored by CWA1180 and the NY Labor History Association, as well as US Imaging Networks, Inc.

May
11
9:00 pm21:00

Program 9: From The Shadows of Power

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This awarding winning documentary documents firsthand the turmoil in the aftermath of the British Miners Strike of 1984 85 and the parallel struggle of the UMWA in its long running battle with Pittston Coal. This film brings to life the real struggles of working people at the pivotal moment when state power was used to open the floodgates to global capital, aid the destruction of coalfield communities and its labor institutions.

May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Program 8: Salt of the Earth - 60th Anniversary

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The Story Of Broke 

The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet, and a country where the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken. The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste, education.

Salt of the Earth - 60th Anniversary

Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.

May
11
4:00 pm16:00

Program 7: Keeping Activism in the Family

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Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale

A cartoon about how we arrived at this historical moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality.

The Clara Lemlich Awards

In this short but touching film about the past year's Lemlich Award recipients, filmed by the Workforce Development Institute, we see many strong and active women, well into their nineties, still fighting, still organizing and still causing trouble for the 1% types.Their accomplishments in social and labor organizing are a revelation! 15 minute

Bargaining Table and Souls 

This film offers humanizing portraits of Goddard College faculty whose lives have been fraught by a climate of uncertainty in the pursuit of job fairness and dignity, over the past year of Collective Bargaining negotiations. 4 minutes

Maestra

Explores the experience of eight women who, as young girls, taught on the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961.The film begins in 1961, when Cuba announced that they would eradicate illiteracy in one year.

Parents of the Revolution

'Parents of the Revolution' follows a group of activist parents in the Occupy Wall Street movement who believe that it's their democratic duty to teach their kids to speak out against injustice.

Q & A with Director Dana Glazer and participants in the film

May
10
5:00 pm17:00

Program 4: Labor Struggles in Iraq, Afghanistan & Pakistan

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Meeting Face to Face; The Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour

Meeting Face to Face follows six senior Iraqi labor leaders as they tour 25 U.S. cities speaking to union audiences, university forums, and community gatherings.

Iraqi Workers After The War 

This short video gives voice to Iraqi workers and union leaders – men and women - as they explain the repression they face, the efforts they are making to secure a new labor law that allows Iraqi workers to form unions, and their call for international labor solidarity.

10 Years On: Afghanistan & Pakistan

This tightly focused documentary shows how after a decade of war, US attacks have spread the conflict across the border into Pakistan.

Q & A w/directors Kathleen Foster,  Michael Zweig &  Regional Expert, Fatima Mojadd

May
9
7:00 pm19:00

Program 2: Salute to the Social Documentary Program of the School of Visual Arts

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Salute to the Social Documentary Program of the School of Visual Arts 

A celebration of SVA’s Social Documentary MFA program, with shorts and features from students highlighting the next generation of socially conscious filmmakers.

First Year Student Shorts:

Willets Point - A Different World Within NYC 

 Dana Kalmey's experimental video using auto shop sounds for soundtrack. A short ride on the 7 into Queens brings you into a complex, ethnically-diverse world, vastly different from the city that envelopes it - this is Willets Point.

Holy Apostles Church Soup Kitchen -  

John Redmond's no holds barred portrait of the homeless population of downtown Manhattan, as they come to get the good food provided for the community by the Chelsea Church of the Holy Apostles.

MFA Graduate Student Films: 

Hart Island (trailer)

In NYC the poor, unknown and premature infants were buried quickly and anonymously by NYC’s prisoners in a desolate potters field off the Coast of City Island. Erik Spink  & Amitabh Joshi's Hart Island goes to the root of the indignity, for these already marginalized people, when even in death, or thru death of a premature child, the unequal civic system takes one more shot at pushing them to the bottom of the ladder.

Tooth Fairy

This film follows a 5 foot tall dynamo of a working people’s dentist, as she tries to make her way as a professional, both serving the working class neighborhood of Washington Hgts.

Truth Through A Lens

This film follows the evolution of Brooklyn street kid, subway train tagger and local community organizing legend, Dennis Flores.

Q & A w/ director Justin Thomas & Community Activist, Dennis Flores 

May
9
5:00 pm17:00

Program 1: Opening Night - Salute to the Next Generation of Labor Leaders and Socially Conscious Filmmakers

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Overpass Light Brigade

'Overpass Light Brigade' is a short film that tells the story behind Wisconsin's Holders of the Lights using innovative time-lapse photography and interviews with founding members and other activists.

Sky Blue Collar

A businessman and a carpet installer enjoy a wild and playful friendship, but when their class-conscious bosses pressure them to steer clear of each other, the Romeo and Juliet of the workaday world must decide what's more important: how we make a living, or who we're living for.

Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class

Class Dismissed brilliantly navigates the steady stream of misleading representations of America’s working class, from the dawn of TV’s Golden Age, to our current crop of reality shows, sitcoms, police dramas, fake courtroom shows and daytime talk shows.

 Q & A for Murphy Institute