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Union Leader

Releasing January 19, 2018 | directed by Sanjay Patel
Starring Rahul Bhat, Tillotama Shome

In a country where the voice of the powerless is often suppressed, it’s time to explore the pain of labour.

A 2017 production of Dim Lights Pictures, Inc and Platoon One Films.

“It portrays workers at a (I think) chromium sulfate plant, in India, union-represented, who are dying of cancer.  One guy decides change is needed.  He organizes his co-workers, with all the ebbs and flows that happen when you do that – threats, fights, people step up and then back down, he’s beaten up.  He pisses blood.  He goes to a labor inspector who seems great – and then gets paid off by the boss.  The boss tries to pay our hero off.  There is a vote and the new union of the real workers is voted in and our hero becomes the leader. It reminds me of ‘Christ in Concrete,’ but it has a happy ending. ”
– Ann Hoffman

 

IN THE AISLES (IN DEN GÄNGEN)

Germany, 2018, 125 min., Director: Thomas Stuber, Screenplay: Clemens Meyer, Thomas Stuber, Cast: Sandra Hüller, Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth, Distribution: MusicBox Films

After the shy and reclusive Christian loses his job, he finds work at a wholesale market. Bruno from the beverage aisle takes him under his wing and quickly becomes a fatherly friend to him. He shows him the ropes and patiently teaches him how to operate the fork lift. Among the aisles of the store, Christian meets “Sweets”-Marion. He is instantly smitten by her enigmatic charm. The coffee machine becomes their regular meeting point, and the two start getting to know each other. But Marion is married, and Christian’s feelings for her seem to remain unrequited. Christian slowly becomes a member of the wholesale market family, and his days of driving fork lifts and stacking shelves mean much more to him than meets the eye—especially when Marion does not return to work one day.

German Film Guild Award & Ecumenical Jury Award Berlin 2018
German Film Award 2018 (Best Leading Actor)

Thomas Stuber was born in 1981 in Leipzig and completed his degree in Media and Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in 2011. With the short film Es geht uns gut he won the Young Talent Award of the Film Industry in Baden-Württemberg in 2006. His first feature film Teenage Angst was selected for the Berlinale/Perspektive Deutsches Kino in 2008 and won the German Young Talent Award at the Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival. In 2011 his short film Of Dogs and Horses was nominated for the First Steps Award. It won the Gold German Short Film Award and received a second prize Student-Oscar in 2012. His feature film A Heavy Heart premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Silver German Film Award in 2016. His latest film, In the Aisles, premiered in Competition at the Berlinale 2018.

 

CURRENT LABOR FILM FESTIVALS

As of October 17, 2018. 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
Bristol, South West England: Bristol Radical Film Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Construir Cine Film Festival
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
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
Washington, DC: DC Labor FilmFest 

 
 

East Lansing, Michigan: MSU Film Studies Series on “Work/Place”

September 6-December 6, 2018MSU work-place film series
All the films are shown on Thursday nights at 7 PM in B122 Wells Hall on the MSU campus and are free and open to the public. For a complete listing of films and dates, check out the list at the website

FALL 2018: WORK/PLACE
The films programmed for this semester’s Film Collective explore intersections of labor and location. As residents of Michigan we all live, study, and work in a place that has been profoundly shaped by the history of industrial work and the labor movement. Our location offers a point from which to engage films, from around the world, that address how places have been defined, constructed, destroyed, or transformed by changing forms of work and by migrations of workers. The films include examples of workers stuck in place, of workers dislocated by global flows of capital, of spaces defined by gendered labor or by populations of guest workers not protected by the rights of citizenship. Forms of labor examined by the films include factory and agricultural labor, but also domestic, affective, and intellectual labor. The films may also reflect on the work of filmmaking itself—particularly in the labor-intensive fields of animation and digital effects.

FILMS:
9/6 9 to 5 (Colin Higgins, 1980)
9/13 Faces Places (Agnes Varda and JR, 2017)
9/20 Dor (Nagesh Kukunoor, 2006)
9/27 The Solitary Life of Cranes (Eva Weber, 2008) and London (Patrick Keiller, 1994)
10/4 Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh, 2012)
10/11 The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
10/18 Baran (Majid Majidi, 2001)
10/25 The Coca-Cola Kid (Dušan Makavejev, 1985)
11/1 Salt for Svanetia (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1930)
11/8 Moscow Doesn’t Believe in Tears (Vladimir Menshov, 1980)
11/15 The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula, 2010)
11/29 The Red Road (Andrea Arnold, 2006)
12/6 The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1994)

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2018 in A: Labor Film Festivals

 

A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas)

The bulk is oral history of these 2 incredible stories, one is the pecan
shellers strike of 10,000 led by iconic communist leader, Emma Tenayuca. The
other is and uprising in Nacogdoches of African American women who were
totally exploited by the state university there. Most surprising, both were
victories, at least for a little while.

These stories are strongly tied to the present including:
1. the MLK day parade in San Antonio with a jet flyover from the local
airforce base.
2. a tour of Confederate statues and the plaque for education of children of
the Confederacy at the Texas Capitol
3. a Juneteenth emancipation parade in Nacogdoches which includes prisoners
from the local jail
4. the Texas Tea Party with Attorney General Dan Patrick

AND it ends with the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue at UT.
Along with quotes from Marx, Benjamin, Gramsci, and Wallers

Here’s the trailer: https://vimeo.com/233255834

Here’s the whole piece: https://vimeo.com/230770743
Password: su

In solidarity,
Anne

 

VERONA: The Story of the Everett Massacre

Denise Ohio
Holy Toledo Pictures, Inc.
ohio@holytoledo.com

 

From the Land of Gandhi

Director: Prakash Wadhwa <prakash.wadhwa@gmail.com>