This season #WUFF6/2017 is thrilled to partner with The Radical Film Network, based in the UK, Third World Newsreel - on their 50th Anniversary of distributing progressive films, The Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies and The National Writers Union (NWU/UAW) to open our festival season with A Global Gathering - The Radical Film Network in NYC. This conference, as well as the whole festival, is the perfect way to fight back against the radical right-wing, anti-worker trump regime. Over 100 filmmakers, academics from cultural programs, film festivals and cultural activists will meet to discuss and plan ways to help build the growing progressive resistance around the world, by assisting organizing and mobilization drives both here in the U.S., as well as with out progressive partners worldwide.
A Global Gathering takes place just before the Workers Unite Film Festival, May 3rd to May 5th, hosted at The Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, 25 West 43rd Street, 18th floor. Please sign up for the conference on Eventbrite here:
WUFF2017 kicks off on May 5th at Cinema Village in NYC (22 East 12th Street) with an exciting opening night program, including Killing The Black Snake - a look at the anti-DAPL fight from the POV of our Native American Brothers and Sisters, Generation Revolution - where we see how Black Lives Matter struggles are organizing in the UK. This is followed by the just released feature - In Dubious Battle, directed and starring James Franco, with Selena Gomez, Zach Braff, Ed Harris, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sam Shephard, Robert Duvall and Nat Wolf, in the John Steinbeck classic about a radical organizer who heads to the Pacific Northwest to help 900 apple orchard farmworkers organize a strike during the Great Depression. We end the evening with Marx Is Back, a charming mini-series of fiction based on the Communist Manifesto.
May 6th is Music Day at the festival, with films about how creative artists are workers too and how their struggles often presage the fights of all workers in a society - such as in the amazing film, They Will Have to Kill Us First, about musicians in Mali facing mutilation and death from Jihadist occupiers, simply for doing their jobs - playing music. Saturday will also see Cab Elvis, two wonderful films about the sometimes hard road an artist must take to create their music - in 25 Tracks & Mike Morningstar: Ballad of A Working Man. Not to be missed! Only the second screening in NYC of the beautiful new musical, Thirsty, that tries to answer the question, where does a drag queen come from?
May 7th is our salute to LGBTQ and Trans rights are workers rights are civil rights! We have a full day and evening of films, both touching and powerful to celebrate our brothers and sisters once again under attack by the right-wing radical fringe, who have no idea of what Jesus meant when He said, "Love They Neighbor."
Anchovies, a touching short film about identity, leads us into Free Cece, a transgender woman of color who was arrested and plead guilty to second degree manslaughter for defending herself against a racist and sexist man who attacked her. Don't miss the captivating Out Run, from the Philippines, about the first Trans political party - amazing!
Our evening is anchored by Woman on Fire, the story of the first openly trans female firefighter in the FDNY. Incredible bravery on display here. And we are honored to end the night with one of the most touching films you will ever see, about climate change and trans rights, with a hero who you will wish was in your own neighborhood too, Denial.
These are just the first few days out of nearly three weeks of festival. we have music, theater and over 50! films about workers, their lives and their fight to save and build their union movements, here and world wide. Keep your eyes coming back to Workersunitefilmfestival.org as we update the calendar daily with more films, more clips ticket purchase ability through Eventbrite (by next week).