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Program 15: Immigrant Labor Justice

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

El Camino

‘El Camino' follows the path of the anonymous migrant in search of the New World. The journey leads to exploitation and raises the questions of culpability and complicity of both society and of the immigrant who crosses the political line in the sand. Economic pressures from both sides of the border are catalysts for migration. Demands for cheap labor generate 'illegal' immigration, which has become the polarizing, hot button issue du jour. This parable is a metaphor for the reality faced by migrants arriving in strange, new lands every day. 9 minutes

Living Off Tips: Parts One and Two

Visit to join our campaign to raise the tipped minimum wage! The majority of people earning subminimum wages and living off tips are WOMEN. Is it a coincidence that the tipped minimum wage has been frozen at $2.13 since 1991? We don't think so. Sign our petition to #Raise213:

On the issue of WAGE THEFT: yes, even though the law requires business owners to pay at least the full minimum wage when tips + the subminimum wage, this is rarely enforced. Low-wage workers are robbed far more often than banks, gas stations and convenience stores combined — and the perpetrators are their own employers.

Special thanks to Gloria Steinem, Karlyn, Autumn, Jennifer, Chloe, Stephanie, Brandy and all the women who join The LIVING OFF TIPS Campaign because of this video. 7 minutes


Grace is about the daily obstacles and dangers of living in America as an undocumented worker. Grace is a woman, a mother and an immigrant with everything to lose except her faith in someone from her past. She gives a face to the faceless, those who work tirelessly behind the scenes of our families and our nation. 8 minutes 

Bonita: Ugly Bananas

When Scottish artist, Jan Nimmo, travels to Ecuador, the world's largest exporter of bananas, to gather workers' testimonies, she observes the formation of the first trade unions in the banana sector for 30 years. The Los Alamos banana workers decide to go on strike for the most basic of rights. Alvaro Noboa, Ecuador’s richest man owns the plantation’s owner, Bonita Brands, and Noboa doesn't like unions. Bonita is the world's fourth largest banana company yet the workers earn a pittance, are exposed to a cocktail of toxic agrochemicals and their living conditions are appalling. Bonita is a powerful eyewitness account of what happens to workers who dare to stand up against a powerful oligarch. 23 minutes

One Generation’s Time - The Story of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes

On June 1, 1981,Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two reform officers in Seattle’s Alaska Cannery Workers’ Union, Local 37 of the (ILWU), were gunned down as they worked in the union offices. The men were attempting to reform the union and were calling for better working conditions in the canneries. On the surface, their murders were meant to look like just another gang-related slaying. But later, the killings were revealed to be a hit originating from the Marcos regime. Silme and Gene's friends, families and colleagues sought justice for the murders, and continued the fight for equality for the months and years to come. This touching and powerful film details the murders, the fight for fair labor conditions, the civil rights movement the murdered men helped foster, and the ensuing efforts to seek justice for their killings.  60 minutes