Program 5: Films from the Global Labor Movement

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

Tornistan (Turkey)

A short, but message packed animated film criticizing press censorship of the Gezi Park protests, which occurred between May-July 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. 4 minutes

Small Fish (China)

From the producers of In Dreamworks. not far away from Yongkang railway station in Zhejiang province, Huang Caigen – who suffered himself a work related injury – rented a garage and transformed it into the office of “Small Fish”, an NGO providing support and legal advice to the city’s workers. Migrant workers from the poorest Chinese regions come daily for advice. Poorly educated and without any particular working skills. They work in the thousands of metal workshops in Yongkang, the center of production of metal hardware in China. Working conditions in Yongkang are among the worst in the country and work related injuries are common. “Small Fish” has become a point of reference for thousands of “small fishes” seeking support and advice from Huang Caigen and his staff. 15 minutes

False Profits (South Africa)

This documentary film focuses on the global economic crisis, its impact on the working class and the responses by trade unions, government and big business in South Africa. Progressive and pro-worker in its critique, this film is stunning for telling such a similar story of collapse by big banks and capital, leading to massive unemployment and frustration by workers who remain angry today and are ready to consider serious alternatives to the current economic system. 31 minutes

Ann Kore Moun (People, Stand Up!) (Haiti)

What are unions for? Haitian union leaders explain the role of unions and why civil society is necessary for a country to develop itself. The documentary shows unions in action, in different sectors of society like the peasantry, schools, hospitals, transportation, municipal services, garment factories in Haiti's free zones. Social protection, public services and the necessity of the rule of law are also discussed. Best short documentary in the 'Regards d'ici' section at Vues d'Afrique, the most important French language film festival for African and Creole films outside of Africa http://www.vuesdafrique.com  36 minutes