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Program 23: The Women of the Public Employees Federation (PEF) NY Support Their Sisters (Brothers Too!)

  • Public Employees Federation (PEF) - 17th Fl Suite 1700 100 William Street New York, NY, 10038 United States (map)

50 days: The 2018 Chicago Hotel Workers’ Strike - The story of how the Chicago hotel workers took on the City's premier hotels in their fight for year round health care benefits - from strike vote to settlement with the last major hotel chain. (2019, 16 min)

Councilwoman - A hotel housekeeper from the Dominican Republic, Carmen Castillo, has won a City Council seat in Providence, RI, taking her advocacy for low-income workers from the margins to the center. She faces skeptics who say she doesn’t have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who take a stand against her fight for a $15/hourly wage in the City, and a tough re-election against two contenders—all of this while balancing the challenges of managing a full-time job cleaning hotel rooms, and a personal relationship. It’s a journey behind the scenes of politics after the victory. (2018, 57 min)

All In A Day’s Work - Through a series of comedic vignettes, this animated short shows the daily life of certain queer women, and how projection and prejudice makes people feel threatened by two queer bodies near each other. (2018, 10 min)

Plant the Seed - Black farmer and educator Leah Penniman and her journey to become the co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, a national leader in the food justice movement. Leah Penniman is the author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. Part of the Resiliencia Documentary Series featuring music by Taína Asili. (2019, 11 min)

Resiliencia - In January 2018, just four months after Hurricane Maria landed in Puerto Rico, Taina Asili travelled to the island to document the devastation and interview women about their experiences during and post hurricane. The 11 minute music video documentary Resiliencia features the composition Taina Asili created as inspired by this journey, blended with an interview with Yasmin Hernandez, an artist and mother residing in Moca, Puerto Rico.

Resiliencia is a series of short documentaries inspired by stories of resilience Taína witnessed in interviews she conducted with women of color in various parts of the United states, Puerto Rico, and Canada over the course of several years. These stories, as well as her own, are born at the intersection of survival and reclamation of love and liberation. The Resiliencia documentary series accompanies an album by the same name which contains the compositions Taína Asili wrote to go along with each of the women’s stories. (2018, 11 min)

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Note: This screening is primarily for PEF members and guests.