Films, videos and film festivals that focus on work, workers and worker’s issues

The Labor Film Database lists nearly 2,000 films and videos, searchable by title, director, actors and/or keywords (see search window at right). We’ve also categorized the database (at right, below “Categories”) and you can check out our tag cloud (also at right) to make it easier to find films and videos about the topics you’re interested in. Many of the entries also include trailers and film stills.

Categories include: Highly Recommended Labor Films; Labor Film Festivals; New/Just Added; Available Online; Genre; Occupation/Type of Work; Themes

HELP BUILD THE DATABASE! The Database is a handy resource for labor film festival programmers and anyone interested in films about work, workers and worker’s issues.We’re constantly updating the database with films new and old and welcome your suggestions for additions to the Labor Film Database; please click here to submit them for consideration.


5 responses to “Films, videos and film festivals that focus on work, workers and worker’s issues

  1. Purple Library Guy

    June 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I would like to recommend the movie “Waydowntown”, a Canadian movie from 2000. It’s a satirical comedy about office work and life in the modern city. It revolves around a bet between bored workers about which of them can go the longest without ever going outdoors; since their office building rises out of a mall and has underground connections to the apartments they live in, technically they can live entirely inside the built environment.
    The bet goes well with their lives, which are suffocating and dysfunctional, and this is connected fairly explicitly to the system they live in. At one point, one of the characters is given the duty of following the CEO around at lunch time–turns out the old man’s a klepto who shoplifts compulsively, and she’s supposed to get the things back from him and return them to the stores to avoid trouble.
    Seems to me it belongs in this database.

  2. mediatedink

    June 19, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    As a labor organizer, I’ve been fortunate enough to witness many types of workers come together to improve conditions on their jobs and fight for the rights and protections all workers are worth. But even social justice warriors may not always win or engender all workers and/or the community/allyship we need. I see this fantastic database as one possible way to remind folks of just what a union really is, how hard so many have fought for their right to form them, and why they not only were, but still are critical organizations for all workers who want to ensure respect, safety, equal treatment, and dignity in the workplace. Thanks a million for this fantastic resource!

  3. Alex Pirie

    July 6, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Searching for a documentary I saw in the early 1970’s – workers at a Vickers plant (Manchester, UK, I think) that was closing because a NATO contract was lost. Workers organized around skills and presented corporate types with other mfg options based on the their skills and the facility’s capacity (kidney dialysis equipment, etc.). Turned down, of course, and plant closed, jobs lost. Any help identifying this appreciated.

  4. Jim Kelly

    October 16, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    The Delangos Manongs is the story of Filopno Farmworkers who led the Delano Grape Strike and instigated on e of the most important labor struggles in US history. THe challenges the Filopino workers faced and the tremendous solidarity they demonstrated led an initially reluctant Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta to join Larry Itliong, Phil Vera Cruz and Pete Velasco into what would become the United Farm Workers.This documentary touches the prejudices and racial laws that impacted the migrant laborers and the struggles they faced on the farms and later in the union. It is an important follow up to the commercial film about Cesar Chavez which overlooked the important role these Filopino farm workers played in the strike and in building the union. .

  5. Elizabeth Skidmore

    November 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Please add our outreach video for women carpenters to your library. It’s a 3 minute video designed for use on social media.


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