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AFL and CIO Merge (1955)

6:34; U.S.

Director: Universal International News

Synopsis: Newsreel footage about the merger of the AFL and CIO in 1955 to create the current AFL-CIO.

 

Working at Ford in the 1920s (Parts 1 & 2)

In the 1920s, Ford Motor Co. was considered the leader in manufacturing technology and practices. Elements of Taylor’s scientific management were combined with what economists now call “efficiency wages” (wages well above the general market – the famous $5 day). In this video, workers and others of that era reflect on working at Ford. Some are positive; others not.

 

License to Pimp (still in production)

U.S.

Director: Hima B

Synopsis: License to Pimp is a feature documentary about the choices that three San Francisco strippers make as their workplaces engage in illegal labor practices.  Strip clubs refuse to pay strippers even minimum wages & actually charge them for the privilege to work.  I worked in half of San Francisco’s strip clubs during the 1990s and witnessed how co-workers felt economically pressured to engage in prostitution to make their quotas to avoid being fired.  Now as a filmmaker, I uncover current working conditions & try to find out how strip clubs are able to operate outside the law.

Contact: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/himab/license-to-pimp-documentary

 
 

Builders and The Games (2012)

57m; U.K.

Director: Margaret Dickinson

Synopsis: “Builders and The Games is a 57 minute feature documentary  about construction workers and the building of the 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, London. Shot between 2007 and 2012,  it looks at how far the Olympic Site set an example to the construction industry and compares outcomes with early promises  about safety, training, jobs and recruitment.”

Contact: http://constructionandthegames.com/

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Compliance (2012)

90m; U.S.

Director: Craig Zobel

Cast: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker and Pat Healy

Synopsis: “In the middle of a bad day Sandra (Ann Dowd), the harried manager of a fast-food franchise, receives a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer. He accuses an employee named Becky (Dreama Walker) of theft and instructs Sandra to subject the pretty teenager to a series of humiliations: detain her in the stock room, confiscate her belongings, conduct a strip search and on and on. As the title suggests, at each step of this increasingly elaborate and unnerving hoax, Sandra and Becky do what they are told.”

‘Compliance’ Raises Questions About Human Behavior; NYT 8/10/2012

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Four Horsemen (2012)

97m; U.K.

Director: Ross Ashcroft
Producer: Megan Ashcroft
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Cast: Noam Chomsky, Herman Daly and Joseph Stiglitz

Synopsis: debut feature from director Ross Ashcroft reveals the fundamental flaws in the economic system which have brought our civilization to the brink of disaster.

23 leading thinkers –frustrated at the failure of their respective disciplines – break their silence to explain how the world really works.

The film pulls no punches in describing the consequences of continued inaction – but its message is one of hope. If more people can equip themselves with a better understanding of how the world really works, then the systems and structures that condemn billions to poverty or chronic insecurity can at last be overturned. Solutions to the multiple crises facing humanity have never been more urgent, but equally, the conditions for change have never been more favourable.

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Scrappers (2010)

Set within Chicago’s labyrinth of alleyways, Scrappers is a cinema verite portrait of Otis and Oscar, two scrap metal scavengers searching for a living with brains, brawn and battered pickup trucks. The film shows how globalization, the 2008 financial crisis, crackdowns on undocumented immigrants and widespread scrap metal theft affect these men and their families. (Written by Ben Kolak on IMDB)