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Hard Labor (2015) (Trabalhar Cansa)

Directed by:  Marco Dutra & Juliana Rojas
Running Time: 1 hr 39 min
Starring: Helena Albergaria, Marat Descartes, Naloana Lima

Website: N/a

Synopsis: Young housewife Helena is on the verge of fulfilling a dream as she prepares to open her own business: a neighborhood grocery store. She hires a maid, Paula, to take care of her house and daughter. But when her husband Otavio is suddenly fired from his job as an insurance executive, Helena is left to support the family alone. As Otavio fails to find work and becomes increasingly alienated, business struggles to take off and the pressure on Helena mounts. To make things worse, she discovers that one of the building’s brick walls seems to be crumbling. Helena begins to wonder if that may be the cause of all her problems.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Drama

 

Great Unsung Women of Computing: The Computers, The Coders and The Future Makers (2016)

Directed by:  Kathy Kleiman, Jon Palfreman and Kate McMahon
Running Time: 48 min
Starring: N/a

Website: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c188.shtml

Synopsis: In the United States, women are vastly underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields, holding under 25% of STEM jobs and a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees. Great Unsung Women of Computing is a series of three remarkable documentary films that show how women revolutionized the computing and Internet technology we use today, inspiring female students to believe that programming careers lie within their grasp.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Documentary, Women

 

Bringing It All Back Home

Directed by: Chrissie Stansfield
Running Time: 48 min
Starring: N/a

Website: N/a

Synopsis: This fascinating documentary analyzes how the patterns of international capital investment and the exploitation of Third World women workers in free trade zones are being brought home to the First World. Issues discussed include: the internationalization of local economies, the growing schism between the rich and poor and the changing nature of women’s work.

 

Brandworkers May Day Campaign Video (2015)

Directed by: Des Almoradie
Running Time: 5 min
Starring: N/a

Website: N/a

Synopsis: This short documentary sheds crucial light on the harsh realities faced by food factory workers who toil behind the scenes of the so-called sustainable food movement. While people enjoy the growth of sustainable food produced in the five boroughs including artisanal bread, hummus, and much more, tragically, like so many aspects of the food system and economy, the great promise of local food is being undermined by the serious mistreatment of low-income immigrant workers.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Documentary, Farm & Food

 

Boom, Bust, Boom (2016)

Directed by: Bill Jones & Terry Jones & Ben Timlett
Running Time: 75 min
Starring: N/a

Website: N/a

Synopsis: The result of a meeting between writer, director, historian and Python Terry Jones and economics professor and entrepreneur Theo Kocken. Co-written by Jones and Kocken and featuring John Cusack, Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J. Shiller and Paul Krugman, the film is part of a global movement to change the economic system through education to protect the world from boom and bust. A unique look at why economic crashes happen, Boom Bust Boom is a multimedia documentary combining live action with animation and puppetry to explain economics to everyone.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Documentary, Finance, Global Economy

 

At Any Price (2012)

Directed by: Ramin Bahrani
Running Time: 105 min
Starring: N/A

Website: N/a

Synopsis: A farming family’s business is threatened by an unexpected crisis, further testing the relationship between a father and his rebellious son.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Drama, Farm & Food

 

American Reds (2016)

Directed by:  Richard Wormser
Running Time: 85 min
Starring: N/A

Website: N/a

Synopsis: This lively documentary tells the story of the emergence of the Communist Party USA between 1930-1945 as the foremost radical political group in America, and the Party’s subsequent collapse between 1946 and 1960 as a result of the Cold War and the revelation of Stalin’s crimes. Followed by a Q&A with Producer Bill Jersey and Producer/Director Richard Wormser, plus special guests.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Communism/Socialism, Documentary

 

A Piece of the Dream: Jahmeera (2015)

Directed by:  Maya Suchak
Running Time: 5 min
Starring: N/A

Website: N/a

Synopsis: A day in the life of a young single mother working at Wendy’s. Produced by the Workers Development Institute of NY State.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Documentary

 

A Piece of the Dream: Amanda (2015)

Directed by:  Darian Henry
Running Time: 6 min
Starring: N/A

Website: N/a

Synopsis: Amanda, a single mother of two, speaks passionately on her active role in the Fight For $15. The film also explores her retelling of the unfair treatment she received working at both McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts along with the current struggles she faces raising her sons and living on minimum wage in Albany NY.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Documentary, Farm & Food

 

Quest – A Portrait of an American Family (2017)

Directed by:  Jonathan Olshefski
Running Time: – – –
Starring: N/A

Website: http://quest-documentary.com/

Synopsis: Filmed with vérité intimacy for over a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey, along with his wife Christine’a, aka “Ma Quest,” open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Over the years, the family evolves as everyday life brings a mix of joy and unexpected crisis. Set against the backdrop of a country now in turmoil, QUEST is a tender depiction of an American family whose journey is a profound testament to love, healing and hope.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Documentary