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Program 25 - $6 Short Films Show at Empire State College - 'Working Poor', 'Fare Share' & 'Biographies Of Struggle'

  • Empire State College 325 Hudson Street New York, NY, 10013 United States (map)

Working Poor - When the rent comes due and his bank account has been tapped out, a single father goes to extraordinary lengths to make a life for himself and his young daughter in his working class neighborhood. This touch narrative film feels real in its story of struggling to survive on the edge. (2016, 25 min)

Fare Share -Through the personal experiences of four Uber and Lyft drivers, this short documentary explores the complexities of Seattle’s burgeoning ride-share industry, revealing the challenges of protecting workers’ rights at a time when the nature of work is rapidly changing. (2016, 30 min)

Biographies of Struggle - A documentary about the longest steelworkers strike in Italy since the last labour unrest wave of the 80s. The ThyssenKrupp factory threatened by 550 job cuts and a partial closure is the framework were 11 participants express their thoughts and opinions about the on-going 7 months dispute and 45-days-long strike. Drawing on their biographies and work experiences, they depict a portrait of one of the oldest Italian working class communities, while defending the local labour from the multinational’s capitalistic profit logic. The film combines the participants’ footage and the anthropologist’s participant observation in order to create a visual representation of the workers’ community, their rituals and “passages” during the unfolding dispute aimed to defend their jobs, while questioning their working history and constructed identities. (2016, 43 min)

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