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Program 19: Global Labor Solidarity

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

The Spanish General Strike

On March 29, 2012, millions of people across Spain went on strike. The strike, which was the first general strike since September 2010, brought the country to a near halt. The situation in Spain has grown increasingly difficult with 1 in 4 people out of work and many struggling to make rent or mortgage payments. This short film is about what happened in Barcelona on that day." 8 minutes

Tornistan

Transient

A smart, pointed, yet self-censored film criticizing press censorship of the Gezi Park protests which occurred between May-July 2013 in Turkey. 4 minutes

Workers Republic

What would you do? 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. Republic's credit line had been cut off by Bank of America, which had just received billions of dollars in federal bank bailout money. These 260 workers decided, "If I don't fight, I know I'll lose. If I do fight, at least I stand a chance of winning." In these revolutionary times, when a new movement has risen from below to occupy Wall Street and expose the greed of bosses and banks, the workers of Republic are a beacon of hope and optimism, a microcosm of how everyday people may be the most qualified to forge a better world. 60 minutes