Category Archives: A: Labor Film Festivals


Click on the links below for labor film festivals that screened in 2014 or plan to screen in 2015. If you have info about a missing labor film festival — or updated info on one of those listed below — please email us at

Barre, Vermont: Labor Film Night at the Socialist Labor Party Hall
Bristol, South West England: Bristol Radical Film Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Construir Cine Film Festival
Burlingame, California: Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival
Canada: Canadian Labour International Film Festival
Dublin, Ireland: Progressive Film Club
Glasgow, Scotland: GMB Glasgow General Apex Branch Labor Films
Haifa, Israel: Haifa International Labor Film Festival
Homestead, Pennsylvania: Battle of Homestead Foundation Movie Program
Honolulu, Hawaii: LaborFest Hawaii
Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir: Turkey International Labor Film & Video Festival
London, UK: London International Labour Film Festival
London, UK: London Labour Film Festival
London, UK: London Socialist Film Co-op
Madrid, Spain: Muestra de Cine y Trabajo (Labor Film Program)
Marília, Brazil: Brazilian International Labour Film Festival
Milan (Sesto San Giovanni), Italy: Labour Film Festival
Missoula, Montana: Montana Labor Film Festival
Morgantown, West Virginia: Power of the People Labor Film Series
New South Wales, Australia:  Australian International Labour Film Festival
New York City, New York: Labor Goes To The Movies
New York City, New York: Workers Unite! Film Festival
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Americans in Struggle
Rochester, New York: Rochester Labor Film Series
San Diego, California: May Day Workers Film Festival
San Francisco, California: LaborFest International Working Class Film and Video Festival
San Pedro, California: San Pedro Labor Fest
Santa Cruz, Monterey & Santa Clara, California: Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival:
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Santa Fe Labor Film Festival
Seattle, WA: MayWorks
South Africa: WWMP/COSATU Labour Film Festival
Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Hwalien, Taipei: Taiwan International Labor Film Festival
Tolpuddle, UK: Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival
Washington, DC: DC Labor FilmFest

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Posted by on December 31, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


Americans in Struggle

Latest: Fall 2014; see below for schedule2013.08.28 PUP2013

Founded: 2011

John Dodds, Director, Philadelphia Unemployment Project
Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.

Venue: Tuesdays 6 pm – Community College of Philadelphia
Winnet Building Room S-2-3
Campus Map
Philadelphia, PA
Refreshments from 5:30- Brief discussion following the film

Films to inspire! Showing some of the great struggles that helped to create the America of 2013. Brief discussions following the films.

2014 Schedule (4th season)

9/16 Broken on All Sides – Film on race, mass incarceration and new visions for criminal justice, plus Our Schools are not for Sale a short film on the Philadelphia schools. The evening will give insight into the “school to prison pipeline” and how to fight it.

9/30 The Borinqueneers- The story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in U.S. Army history, recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama

10/14 Mississippi: Is This America?- This is the 50th Anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer, where people from all over America confronted violent racism as they came to work with Black Mississippians to fight for the right to vote and be represented in the political process.

10/28 Brothers on the Line- Narrated by Martin Sheen, Brothers on the Line is the award-winning documentary exploring the social justice crusade of the Reuther brothers whose social justice movement, under the banner of the United Auto Workers, helped to transform the landscape of the nation.

11/11 Paycheck to Paycheck- As the fight for higher wages and a fair minimum wage heats up, this film illuminates the challenges faced by more than 42 million low wage American women and the 28 million children who depend on them.

11/25 1971- The story of Philadelphia activists, who in 1971 broke into FBI offices in Media, PA and uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. In our current age of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, this documentary couldn’t be timelier.

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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


Australian International Labour Film Festival

Latest: May 2013
: New South Wales

May 4, 2013We Work To Live! Live panel, comedy, live entertainment plus Australian & International Films
Gwyneville Workshop Theatre, 192 Gipps Street, Gwyneville, Wollongong, New South Wales
click on link below for complete festival line-up
Australian International Labour Film Festival

Sandra Pires
Tel: + 61 2 4285 3545


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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


Battle of Homestead Foundation Movie Program

Latest: May-October 2014 (7 films; program TBA)Battle-of-Homestead-pumphouse
Founded: 1990
Venue: The Pump House, Homestead, PA

JULY 31, 2014, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. INEQUALITY FOR ALL (2013). 88 mins.

AUGUST 28, 2014, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. MADE IN DAGENHAM (2010). 113 mins


OCTOBER ?, 2014, TBA. BRADDOCK, AMERICA (2013). 100 mins.

The Battle of Homestead Foundation (BHF) is a diverse organization of citizens, workers, educators and historians. It’s purpose is to preserve, interpret, and promote a people’s history focused on the significance of the dramatic labor conflict at Homestead, Pennsylvania in 1892. While the many consequences of that tragic event persist in society, the sole existing structure of the 1892 Homestead Steel Works is the site of the battle itself, Pump House No. 1 , located in Munhall, Pa. Toward those goals and objectives, BHF was incorporated in 1997 as a non-profit corporation for charitable and educational purposes. BHF evolved from the Homestead Strike Centennial Commemorative Committee, founded in 1990.

After the dismantling of the historic Homestead Steel Works in the 1980s, then-owner Park Corporation performed restorative work on the Pump House. In 1996, BHF was formed in response to Park’s efforts, developing plans for a minimalist interpretive program for the site. Park welcomed the initiatives, and subsequent owners and developers, Continental Real Estate, also proved hospitable. Today the site is owned and benevolently operated by Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, who also offer many educational programs, tours, and events related to the Pump House as well as other local points of interest.

Since 1990, an impressive list of productions and events pertaining to the Pump House have been presented, supported, and organized by BHF.

Contact: 412-848-3079 or 724-935-2677
Charles McCollester

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


Brazilian International Labour Film Festival

Marília, BrazilBrazilian International Labour Film Festival
May 26 – 29, 2014

Workers of the world, film!
The Mostra CineTrabalho / Brazilian International Labour Film Festival (BILFF) is a university extension activity of the UNESP – São Paulo State University. The event merges the cultural characteristics of a film festival with the academic discipline of social sciences to bring together knowledge and a critical view of the labour world. The BILFF aims to honour and support the film-makers whose productions regard working conditions and to provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of a wide range of labour issues.

2014 Brazilian International Labour Film Festival-Mostra CineTrabalho program

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


Bristol Radical Film Festival*

Bristol, South West EnglandBristol Radical Film Festival
Founded: 2012
Latest Festival: March 3-9, 2014

The 2014 program includes Matewan, The Happy Lands, Paths of Glory and more.  As well as running a range of events throughout the year, we also host an annual festival in the last week of February, screening socially and politically engaged documentary and fiction films from around the world in a variety of community based venues.


*while not exclusively a labor film festival, the Bristol Radical Film Festival’s focus on progressive issues ensures that many of its screenings include films about work, workers and workers issues.

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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


Glasgow, Scotland: GMB Glasgow General Apex Branch Labor Films

Land and FreedomGlasgow-scotland
Film screening and discussion
Thursday 12th February (2015) at 7:15pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

first screening was Bread & Roses on 23 Nov 2014

The Navigators IS pencilled in for 30 April too; We also have plans for The Happy Lands screening at some point.

Tommy Breslin
Branch Secretary, GMB Glasgow General Apex Branch.
Twitter: @GMBGlasGenApex

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Posted by on November 11, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


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