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Hazelnuts and Child Labor (2015)

Directed by:  Mehmet Ülger
Running Time: 52 min
Starring:  

Website: N/a

Synopsis: In 2010 Zara, a nine year old, picks hazelnuts with her family in the Turkish Black Sea region. Working 11 hours per day during the harvest in August, often seven days a week, in the evening, they return to a tent camp where no facilities are available. Making this journey every year, Zara and her friends routinely return to school late. Five years later has anything changed? Has child labor been reduced? Have the facilities for seasonal workers been improved? And how fare the children who are doing the hard labor?

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Children, Farm & Food

 

Harlan County USA (1976)

Directed by:  Barbara Kopple
Running Time: 103 min
Starring:  Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks

Website: N/a

Synopsis: A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

 

We The Workers (2017)

Directed by:  Wen Hai
Running Time: 174 min
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Website: N/a

Synopsis:After an imposing opening in which Chinese labourers work on a giant metal construction and the sounds of angle grinders and hammers on metal come together rhythmically, the documentary switches to the seamier side of the Chinese economic miracle – the exploitation of hundreds of millions of workers. Experiences gathered by specialised bureaus defending workers’ rights expose a practice of underpayment, bad working conditions and wrongful dismissal. Activists are arrested and abused – sometimes by criminals, sometimes just by the police. Lawyers are pestered and discouraged from taking cases. The bureaus themselves are regarded by the state as troublemakers, but they are the ones encouraging workers not to strike and to solve disagreements under the law. Yet some keep their doors permanently locked and only let people they know inside, for fear of reprisals. In terms of labour rights, China is several decades behind Europe, and people who want to do something about that are subjected to intimidation. Or worse.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Documentary

 

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