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CURRENT LABOR FILM FESTIVALS

As of April 6, 2021. Festivals in italics have not been confirmed as still being active. If you have info about a missing labor film festival — or updated info on one of those listed below — please email streetheat@dclabor.org

Barre, Vermont: Labor Film Night at the Socialist Labor Party Hall
Bilbao, Spain: LAN Festival audiovisual obrero
Bristol, South West England: Bristol Radical Film Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Construir Cine Film Festival
Canada: Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)
Dublin, Ireland: Dublin Workers Film Festival
Dublin, Ireland: Progressive Film Club
Dundalk, MD: Epic Moments In U.S. Workers’ History
East Lansing, Michigan: MSU Film Studies Series on “Work/Place” 
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
Huntington, West Virginia: Blair 100 Labor Film Festival
Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir: Turkey International Labor Film & Video Festival
Liverpool, England: North West 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)
Malmö, Sweden: Nordic Labour Film Festival
Milan (Sesto San Giovanni), Italy: Labour Film Festival
Missoula, Montana: Montana Labor Film Festival
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
Pioneer Valley, MA: Pioneer Valley Labor Film Festival
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
Santa Cruz, Monterey & Santa Clara, California: Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival
Santa Fe, New Mexico: New Mexico Labor Film Festival
Sao Paolo, Brazil: Brazilian International Labour Film Festival
Seattle, WA: MayWorks
Taipei, Taiwan: Taiwan International Labor Film Festival
Tolpuddle, UK: Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival
Vicenza, Italy: Working Title Film Festival
Washington, DC:
DC Labor FilmFest 

 

Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)

(April 7, 2021)
The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) is looking for submissions from filmmakers around the world.  For over a decade CLIFF has organized not only a multi-day festival in Toronto that celebrates workers, work, unions and the filmmakers’ art, but hundreds of large and small community events across Canada.  Last year the festival moved online and opened itself up to viewers from around the world.
 
This year is CLIFF’s 13th season.  And the second year that we will be awarding the LabourStart Prize for international solidarity to one or more films shown at CLIFF.   LabourStart is pleased to be associated with CLIFF and we’re doing our part to make 2021 its best year yet.
 
So if you are or know of a filmmaker who has produced a film with a focus on work, workers or trade unionism, please consider submitting a film to CLIFF.
 
More information about CLIFF and online submission guidelines and instructions can be found HERE.
 
And if you know of a labour-themed film festival please do let us know about it.  We’ll connect with them and do our best to help get the word out about their work.
 
Thanks.
 
See you at the movies.
                           
Eric Lee                                                             Derek Blackadder
LabourStart                                                         LabourStart Canada
 

#Blair 100 Labor Film Festival

Labor Film Festival planned for #Blair100

A one-day film festival will be held at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center at Marshall University in Huntington, WV on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, where selected films in each category will be screened as part of the Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial event-series. Films will also be screened online for those who cannot be present at the event.
 
This labor-focused film festival aims to showcase films from Central Appalachia that highlight the struggles, successes, and daily lives of workers. Some themes or topics could be efforts to unionize, organizing for better living conditions, social justice, civil rights, wages & the company store, and many more. 

The Labor Film Festival is open to all High School/HomeSchool/Un-School students, College/University/Trade & Vocational students, and local filmmakers in Central Appalachia. Submissions are free. The deadline for entries is August 12th, 2021. Films can be documentary, fictional narrative, experimental, animation, or other but MUST be under 15 minutes. Overall, your film MUST creatively engage with labor – historically or in our contemporary moment. 

This film festival is made possible by Marshall University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Video Production Program in the College of Arts and Media, and is being presented as part of the Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial Events in partnership with the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum.

You can read more details about the event and learn how to submit a film here

Admission to the labor festival is free. Help us spread the word about this event! Find the event on Facebook and on the #Blair100 website

Additional planning for Centennial events are underway. Check out our recent schedule of events release here, and stay up to date by regularly checking www.blair100.com or“liking” our Facebook page

Festival Lead Organizer: Tijah Bumgarner, tijah.bumgarner@gmail.com
 

The Great Strike 1917

Genres: Documentary
Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes
Availability: Worldwide

To this day, the Great Strike of 1917 is still Australia’s largest industrial upheaval. The story of the Strike has long been dormant in archives, and is now re-told with original film footage from the era.

Sydney, 1917: thousands had joined protest marches through the streets, the government recruited volunteers to break the strike, issuing some of them with guns; unions were deregistered and union leaders charged with conspiracy. It was a time of violent emotions, state violence and individual acts of violence by and against strikers. A striker, Mervyn Flanagan, was shot and killed.

With the introduction of a new ‘timecard’ system, known as Scientific Management or Taylorism, originating from the United States, transport workers stopped work, triggering the strike.

The documentary examines the industrial, social and political context of a struggle that had lasting consequences for the labour movement in Australia. Personal stories and legacies filtered through generations of families for years to come, reflecting on the fight for decent conditions and fair treatment in the workplace, which still strongly resonate today.

Featuring:
Professor Lucy Taksa, Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University
Sally McManus, Secretary, ACTU
Frances Morgan, Writer, The Folded Lie
John Graham, Labor MLC, NSW Parliament
Laila Ellmoos, Historian, City of Sydney Council
Simon Drake, National Film & Sound Archive

OFFICIAL SELECTION! Antenna Documentary Film Festival
FINALIST! ATOM AWARDS, Documentary (History)

Writer, Director, Editor Amanda King
Producers Amanda King, Fabio Cavadini
Director of Photography Fabio Cavadini
Graphic Designer Miriana Marusic
Sound Designer Anthony Marsh
Production Company Frontyard Films
mandy king
cavadini@tpg.com.au

 

Night on Earth

R 1991 ‧ Drama/Comedy ‧ 2h 9m
Dir: Jim Jarmusch
Cab drivers, in the US and elsewhere.

Release date: May 2, 1992 (New York)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Music composed by: Tom Waits
Screenplay: Jim Jarmusch
Cinematography: Frederick Elmes

 

Kaza Değil Cinayet (Murder Not Accident)

2019
Turkey
Apparently no English subtitles

Murder Not Accident documents the collective struggle against ‘work-related serial murders’ in Turkey. In 2018, at least 1,872 people died due to preventable causes while working. In 2008, a group of families mourning loved ones, victims of work- related murders, came together as Workers’ Families Seeking Justice (WFSJ). They translated their shared grief into a demand for justice: “We are the families of workers who lost their lives in preventable work-related accidents and occupational diseases. That is why we call them ‘work-related murders’. Those who are responsible for them were never exposed to a just judicial process and continue to enjoy full impunity. Our claim for justice is to ‘remember the dead and fight for the living.

link: https://vimeo.com/359121582
password: murdernotaccident20

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2021 in A: New/Just Added

 

MINÖR

2019
Doc
32m
Germana Bianco
g.bianco@fondazionemilano.eu

 

Working Woman

Release date: March 27, 2019 (USA)
Director: Michal Aviad
Language: Hebrew
Awards: Ophir Award for Best Actress
Nominations: Ophir Award for Best Film, MORE

Orna, (Liron Ben Shlush) is the mother of three young children with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant. To help support her family Orna returns to the workplace, landing a job with a former army superior, Benny (Menashe Noy) who is now a successful real estate developer. While Orna embraces her new position and tries to balance its demands with her home life, she begins to experience escalating sexual harassment from her boss. Her rapid rise through the ranks and her increasing financial success seem to parallel a pattern of predatory behavior which ultimately brings her career and marital relationship to the brink. This timely and devastating story is expertly told by long time feminist filmmaker Michal Aviad.

 

9to5, The Story of a Movement

2019 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 29m
9to5: The Story of a Movement is an 2020 American documentary film directed and produced by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar. The film revolves around 9to5, an organization established to improve working conditions and ensuring the rights of women and families.
Release date: May 31, 2019 (USA)
Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
Distributed by: PBS Distribution
Music composed by: Wendy Blackstone
Producers: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

 

Gone Postal

Jay Galione, son of a postal worker, investigates the dark corners of the U.S. Postal Service. Across the country, brave employees stand up to injustice on the job and fight to Save the People’s Post Office. A moving indictment of the toxic culture and push to downsize, this eye-opening documentary allows viewers to hear from experts and advocates including Ralph Nader and Richard Wolff, and directly from the selfless and courageous people hidden behind the scenes, long suffering and ignored.

2020
Directed by Jay Galione

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