Program 7: Keeping Activism in the Family

  • Cinema Village 22 E 12th St New York, NY, 10003 United States

Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale

Narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. A cartoon about how we arrived at this historical moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. 8 minutes

The Clara Lemlich Awards

When most of us look at a person over 75 or 80, we think, Grandma, or Grandpa - finished with their active years and achievements. But most of you would be completely wrong. 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 minutes

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. Over 250,000 citizens volunteered. Interviews, recorded testimonials, and powerful archival footage tell this story. The teachers lived with the families they taught, working alongside them in the fields during the day & teaching classes (often by lantern) at night. In the midst of the campaign, the Bay of Pigs was invaded, and in spite of the dangers and difficulties, their eyes sparkle as they share their stories and each of them insists this was the most important thing they had ever done. 34 minutes

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. Are they heroes who are bringing up their kids with a civic conscience or agitators who are using their children as human shields? 'Parents of the Revolution' follows a group of families who rally against the aggressive behavior of the NYC police towards the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The film chronicles this group’s activities and raises some issues about what it means to teach kids about social justice and how our government ‘parents’ her citizens. As the protests escalate, one of the lead parents, Kirby and her group struggle with their mission. They are accused of “brainwashing their kids” and using them as “human shields.” In the face of these crises, Kirby is able to overcome her past to become a truly great leader who helps bring her community together. 80 minutes

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