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Executive Director, Workers Unite Film Festival, NYC

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)

The U.S. entry into World War II created an unprecedented demand for new workers. Thousands of posters and billboards appeared calling on women to “Do the Job He Left Behind.” Rosie the Riveter was born — the symbol of working women during World War II. The story is told by the women themselves, five former “Rosies,” who movingly recall their histories working in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco during the war. Their testimony is interwoven with rare archival recruitment films, stills, posters, ads and music from the period, which contrast their experiences with the popular legend and mythology of Rosie the Riveter.

Directed by: Connie Field

 

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Expect Resistance

Looks at the “Take Back the Land” and Occupy Wall Street movements as they began to respond to the foreclosure crisis. The film follows Leonard Spears, a man fighting to keep his home after a foreclosure has passed and an eviction notice has been filed. We meet activists who are willing to put themselves on the line and take direct action to keep people like Leonard in their homes, and to even move homeless families into bank-owned homes that are sitting empty from previous foreclosures.

Directed by: Shane Burley

 

 

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From the Shadows of Power

This awarding winning documentary is a powerful story set in coalfields of Appalachia, Wales and England. It documents firsthand the turmoil in the aftermath of the British Miners Strike of 1984/85 and the parallel struggle of the UMWA in its long running battle with Pittston Coal. This film brings to life the real struggles of working people at the pivotal moment when state power was used to open the floodgates to global capital, aid the destruction of coalfield communities and its labor institutions. Chronicling the critical role played by working class women in these watershed events, it features economist Helen Lewis, Reverend Jesse Jackson, women miners, Betty Heathfield of Britain’s Women Against Pit Closures, NUMs Arthur Scargill, and Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock.

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Directed by: Jean Donohue

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2090505/

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Parents of the Revolution

‘Parents of the Revolution’ follows a group of activist parents in the Occupy Wall Street movement who believe that it’s their democratic duty to teach their kids to speak out against injustice. Are they heroes who are bringing up their kids with a civic conscience or agitators who are using their children as human shields? ‘Parents of the Revolution’ follows a group of families who rally against the aggressive behavior of the NYC police towards the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The film chronicles this group’s activities and raises some issues about what it means to teach kids about social justice and how our government ‘parents’ her citizens. As the protests escalate, one of the lead parents, Kirby and her group struggle with their mission. They are accused of “brainwashing their kids” and using them as “human shields.” In the face of these crises, Kirby is able to overcome her past to become a truly great leader who helps bring her community together.

Directed by: Dana Glazer

http://parentsoftherevolution.com/


 

 

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False Profits

This documentary film focuses on the global economic crisis, its impact on the working class and the responses by trade unions, government and big business in South Africa. Progressive and pro-worker in its critique, this film is stunning for telling such a similar story of collapse by big banks and capital, leading to massive unemployment and frustration by workers who remain angry today and are ready to consider serious alternatives to the current economic system

Directed by: Alternative Information Development Center & Workers World Media Production

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Documentary, Politics, War

 

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Small Fish

From the producers of In Dreamworks. not far away from Yongkang railway station in Zhejiang province, Huang Caigen – who suffered himself a work related injury – rented a garage and transformed it into the office of “Small Fish”, an NGO providing support and legal advice to the city’s workers. Migrant workers from the poorest Chinese regions come daily for advice. Poorly educated and without any particular working skills. They work in the thousands of metal workshops in Yongkang, the center of production of metal hardware in China. Working conditions in Yongkang are among the worst in the country and work related injuries are common. “Small Fish” has become a point of reference for thousands of “small fishes” seeking support and advice from Huang Caigen and his staff.

Directed by: Tommaso Fachin

 

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10 Years On: Afghanistan & Pakistan

This tightly focused documentary shows how after a decade of war, US attacks have spread the conflict across the border into Pakistan. This policy has contributed to many civilian deaths and deteriorating economic conditions. Pakistan is now a country increasingly dominated by corruption and violence, leaving workers and peasants to fight back with militant strikes and protests throughout the country. Afghans take to the streets to protest U.S occupation and the repression of women. On both sides of the border, their movements echo the same demands for economic and social justice heard from OWS here at home.

Directed by: Kathleen Foster

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2368523/

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Documentary, Politics, War

 

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Holy Apostles Church Soup Kitchen

John Redmond’s no holds barred portrait of the homeless population of downtown Manhattan, as they come to get the good food provided for the community by the Chelsea Church of the Holy Apostles. We hear what it is like to be homeless in the unequal economy of NYC and how it feels to know your only decent meal of the day will come from a church soup kitchen. 

Directed by: John Redmond

https://www.holyapostlessoupkitchen.org/

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Cities-Urban, Farm & Food

 

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Iraqi Workers After The War

For Iraqis the war the U.S. waged there continues with harsh effects, even though for most Americans that war is over and done with.  This short video gives voice to Iraqi workers and union leaders – men and women – as they explain the repression they face, the efforts they are making to secure a new labor law that allows Iraqi workers to form unions, and their call for international labor solidarity. Basra in October 2012.

Directed by: Michael Zweig, Jonathan Levin


 

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What are unions for? Haitian union leaders explain the role of unions and why civil society is necessary for a country to develop itself. The documentary shows unions in action, in different sectors of society like the peasantry, schools, hospitals, transportation, municipal services, garment factories in Haiti’s free zones. Social protection, public services and the necessity of the rule of law are also discussed. Best short documentary in the ‘Regards d’ici’ section at Vues d’Afrique, the most important French language film festival for African and Creole films outside of Africa.

Directed by: Andre Vanasse http://www.vuesdafrique.com


 

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