The 8th Labor Film Festival
Elections 2015 and Israel’s social justice movement
May 1st-5th 2015
Haifa Labor Film festival PDF
The 8th Labor Film Festival will be held on the backdrop of Israel’s 2015 elections. The festival combines social-oriented films with lectures by leading Israeli thinkers, politicians and labor leaders. The different sessions will offer a discussion about the possibility of mutual struggles for social justice in a divided society. The festival will offer a premiere screening of Ken Loach’s film “The Spirit of 45”, alongside screenings of such films as Selma. A special focus will also be given to Israeli films.
The Labor Film Festival was established by the Social Economic Academy in 2007 with the goal of creating a new and unique platform for discussing the state of workers in Israel. The positive change that began to sweep the public discourse in this regard in recent years, coupled with over 100,000 workers organizing since 2011, indicate that the call for a more just economic system in Israel is not just a slogan. But many challenges still remain – both in politics and in the labor market. The decision to hold the festival in Haifa, the ‘red city’, is both symbolic and political. We believe that Israel’s northern periphery, much like that in the south, is home to the greatest challenges, but is by the same token also the biggest hotbed for progress and hope.
The festival is part of an international network of labor films festivals taking place around the globe.
Rami Hod, Executive Director, The Social Economic Academy
Rafi Kamhi, festival founder and manager, head of the northern branch, The Social Economic Academy