Category Archives: A: Labor Film Festivals


Click on the links below for labor film festivals that screened in 2014 or plan to screen in 2015. If you have info about a missing labor film festival — or updated info on one of those listed below — please email us at

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
Burlingame, California (need 2015 info): Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival
Canada (need 2015 info): Canadian Labour International Film Festival
Dundalk, MD: Epic Moments In U.S. Workers’ History
Dublin, Ireland: Progressive Film Club
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
London, UK: London Labour Film Festival
London, UK: London Socialist Film Co-op
Madrid, Spain: Muestra de Cine y Trabajo (Labor Film Program)
Milan (Sesto San Giovanni), Italy: Labour Film Festival
Missoula, Montana: Montana Labor Film Festival
New South Wales, Australia (need 2015 info):  Australian International Labour Film Festival
New York City, New York (need 2015-2016 info): Labor Goes To The Movies
New York City, New York: Workers Unite! Film Festival
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Americans in Struggle
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: Santa Fe Labor Film Festival
Sao Paolo, Brazil: Brazilian International Labour Film Festival
Seattle, WA: MayWorks
St Louis, MO: Labor Day Week 2015 Film Festival
Tolpuddle, UK: Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival
Washington, DC: DC Labor FilmFest 

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Posted by on December 31, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


Americans in Struggle

Latest: Fall 2015, September 15 – November 24; see below for schedulePhiladelphia-2015

Founded: 2011

John Dodds, Director, Philadelphia Unemployment Project
Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.

Venue: Tuesdays 6 pm – Community College of Philadelphia
Winnet Building Room S2-3
Campus Map
Philadelphia, PA
Refreshments from 5:30- Brief discussion following the film

Learn about some of the struggles the American people have waged over our history or continue to wage in order to expand our rights and make a more just society.

9/15 The Vernon Johns Story- Film of the life of Rev. Vernon Johns who was pastor of Dexter Ave. Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL, prior to Martin Luther King taking over that job in 1955.
9/29 Harvest of Empire- Story of US intervention in Latin America and its impact on immigration today.
10/13 Uprising of ‘34- Little known general strike of textile workers in the south in 1934.
10/27 Dare Not Walk Alone- Story of the civil rights struggle in St. Augustine, FL and how things have evolved there into the present.
11/10 Awakenings- Early days of the women’s movement in the US beginning in the 1960s.
11/24 Dream On- a documentary on the loss of the American dream due to income inequality and the loss of decent paying jobs.

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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


Dundalk, MD: Epic Moments In U.S. Workers’ History*

Fall 2014; being offered again in spring 2016. The classes are 90 minutes long so I show most of them all the way through, but obviously Harlan County and American Dream are too long so I had to cut them off (though anyone who wanted to stay was welcome). I did background on each of the strikes, and provided background on-line.

1. October 2–The Factory Girls of Lowell Massachusetts in 1836
Daughters of Free Men
2. October 9–The 1877 Railroad Strike
1877: The Grand Army of Starvation
3. October 16–Homestead steel strike of 1892
The River Ran Red
4. October 23–Pullman car strike of 1894
Palace Cars and Paradise
5. October 30–The Uprising of the 20,000 in 1909
Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl
6. November 6–The textile workers national strike of 1934
The Uprising of ‘34
7. November 13–The Flint sit-down strike of 1936-37
The Great Sit-Down
8. November 20–The Memphis sanitation workers strike of 1968
At The River I Stand
9. December 4–The Brookside Mineworkers strike of 1972
Harlan County, USA
10. December 11–The P-9 strike against Hormel in 1985-86
American Dream

The Community College of Baltimore County
Bill Barry—instructor
(410) 426-3966

* This is a class, not a festival, but it has many similar elements and may be useful for those organizing either labor film festivals or labor film classes


Australian International Labour Film Festival

Latest: September 2015? 
: New South Wales

Australian International Labour Film Festival (outdated)

Facebook page (more up to date)

Sandra Pires
Tel: + 61 2 4285 3545



Battle of Homestead Foundation Movie Program

Latest: May-October 2014 (7 films; program TBA)Battle-of-Homestead-pumphouse
Founded: 1990
Venue: The Pump House, Homestead, PA

“The Healthcare Movie” (5/14)
“Mother Jones: America’s Most Dangerous Woman” and “Unveiling the Scars” (7/30)
“Modern Times” (9/24)
“Norma Rae” (10/15)

The Battle of Homestead Foundation (BHF) is a diverse organization of citizens, workers, educators and historians. It’s purpose is to preserve, interpret, and promote a people’s history focused on the significance of the dramatic labor conflict at Homestead, Pennsylvania in 1892. While the many consequences of that tragic event persist in society, the sole existing structure of the 1892 Homestead Steel Works is the site of the battle itself, Pump House No. 1 , located in Munhall, Pa. Toward those goals and objectives, BHF was incorporated in 1997 as a non-profit corporation for charitable and educational purposes. BHF evolved from the Homestead Strike Centennial Commemorative Committee, founded in 1990.

After the dismantling of the historic Homestead Steel Works in the 1980s, then-owner Park Corporation performed restorative work on the Pump House. In 1996, BHF was formed in response to Park’s efforts, developing plans for a minimalist interpretive program for the site. Park welcomed the initiatives, and subsequent owners and developers, Continental Real Estate, also proved hospitable. Today the site is owned and benevolently operated by Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, who also offer many educational programs, tours, and events related to the Pump House as well as other local points of interest.

Since 1990, an impressive list of productions and events pertaining to the Pump House have been presented, supported, and organized by BHF.

Contact: 412-848-3079 or 724-935-2677
Charles McCollester

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


Santa Fe Labor Film Festival

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Founded: 2015
Latest festival; May 1-3, 2015

Santa Fe Labor Film Festival is dedicated to providing its community with films, panels and events that inform, educate, motivate and celebrate labor through the moving image arts and cinematic world.

2015 Schedule

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


St Louis, MO: Labor Day Week 2015 Film Festival

September 9-10, 2015

Schedule includes: “Matewan” (9/9) and “Bread & Roses” (9/10) with “Show Me $15 Mini Doc”
Sponsored by Bread and Roses Missouri, University of Missouri Labor Studies and the St Louis Labor Council

(978) 309-9740

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals


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