Program 25: Struggles of Migrant Workers

  • Litho Auditorium 113 University Pl New York, NY, 10003 United States

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. Shot in a single long take and inspired by the current 'Live-In Caregiver' program of the Canadian federal government, 'Tala' tells a story of subtle oppression and re-empowerment. 13 minutes

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. Structured around dramatic never-before-seen footage, this film focuses on the story of how Chavez organized America’s poorest, least educated workers, built a movement that successfully challenged our nation’s powerful agribusiness, and launched the modern day Latino civil rights movement in the U.S. Motivated by Catholic social teaching, Chavez risked his life in pursuit economic justice for America’s most vulnerable workforce.  100 minutes  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/movies/cesars-last-fast-about-cesar-chavez.html?_r=0