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Global Labor Film Festival: London & Manchester

Global Labor Film Festival: London & Manchester

The London Labour Film Festival will be premiering the film Burn as part of the Global Labor Film & Video Festival.

– Burn London: Wednesday 1st May 2013; Curzon, Soho, London 18:00-20:30
– Burn Manchester: Thursday 2nd May 2013; Odeon, the Printworks, Manchester 18:00-20:30

To book tickets:

This event is the UK premiere of BURN and is sponsored by the UK Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

BURN is a feature documentary about Detroit, Michigan, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. BURN captures a year in the lives of Detroit firefighters, who have an up-close view of the best and worst in any city. This is especially true for Detroit. Detroit is a picture of American industrial cities in a post-industrial age: One foot in a prosperous past, struggling to survive in a changing economy. Since 1950, racial tensions and vanishing industry have cut Detroit’s population in half from 1.8 million, leaving behind 80,000 abandoned structures, or kindling, as the firefighters call it. The result is a dying city with one of the highest arson rates in the world. Los Angeles, a city of 4 million people, sees 11 structure fires per day. Compare that to Detroit, which has 713,000 residents and 30 structure fires a day.

Because, in Detroit, social problems manifest themselves in one way FIRE.

BURN is about an exceptional breed of men and women who battle that beast, despite low pay, dysfunctional gear, under life-threatening conditions. And they do it with camaraderie and a remarkable sense of humor. They’re certainly not here for the money their starting salary is $30,000 and they haven’t seen a raise in 10 years.

Closer than you’ve ever been, BURN takes you into the fires and into the hearts of the men who fight them, exploring human struggles, hope and personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

The film may be told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, but BURN isn’t just about a single city. It’s about all national first responders, whose budgets are on the chopping block. It’s about the people you hope will make it to YOUR house when there’s a fire.

A significant portion of any proceeds from the film will go to the Leary Firefighters Foundation to purchase much-needed gear for Detroit firefighters.

This event is the UK Premiere of BURN and is sponsored by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in association with the London Labour Film Festival (cinema celebrating working people).

There are tickets available to both firefighters and the public, these are limited, so please book early.

The event will begin with a drinks reception at 18:00. Screening and introductions 18:30-20:30

**all timings are approximate


Global Labor Film Festival: New York City, NY

May 16: Salute to the Global Labor Film Festival features a mix of international and “frontline” US labor films; Cinema Village at 22 east 12th Street off University Place NYC

4-6p: Iron Slaves, (Pakistan) In Dreamworks China, (China) and Salty Dog Blues (US); Former globe-traveling merchant marines talk about the absorption of the NMU into the Seafarers International Union
7-8p: Frontline films from TWU International: Land, Rain and Fire and Frozen Happiness (US and Mexico) about the teacher’s strike in Oaxaca and the government’s repression.
10-11p: The Welfare Myth (Slovakia) About the end of the welfare state thanks to “democracy and the free market.”

Workers Unite Film Festival
The NYC festival runs from May 10-19; complete schedule now posted!


Global Labor Film Festival: New York City, NY

May 10, 6p: My Son the Fanatic (UK/France, Prasad, 1997)
Labor Goes to the Movies
Parvez, a Pakistani taxi driver in a small British city, confronts flaring hatreds, his own bleak prospects, and his son Farid’s burgeoning fundamentalism in this 1997 drama directed by Udayan Prasad. Adapted by Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Launderette) from his own short story — based on his father’s life — and featuring a riveting, prize-winning performance by the Hindi actor Om Puri playing the lead as the tolerant, secular Muslim Parvez.
Doors open at 6pm; PSC-CUNY Union Hall, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor, New York. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.

The theme for Labor Goes to the Movies (LGTM) this academic year is “Contesting Islamophobia. Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2012-13 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.


Global Labor Film Festival: Norway

Wednesday, May 1: The Norwegian May 1st Labour Film Art Fest offers a virtual labor filmfest, 24 hours of recommendations – and links – to online labour films and trailers. Many are in Norwegian but some are in English.

00:00: Fine Ladies and Factory Girls (Fine damer og fabrikkpiker)
7:36: Women from different parts of society developed new interests as Norway was
industrialized. While upper class women demanded education and participation,
labour class women wanted to establish unions for better working conditions.

01:00: Norway in the 1930’s (Norge i de harde tretti-åra)
5:25; 1962: Short film that tells about depression in Norway in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Christopher Hornsrud forms the first Labour government, but the government is forced to leave office after just four weeks.

02:00: May 1st (Opp, alle jordens bundne treller)
1:11: Short footage from May 1st parade in the early sixties.

02:00: Union Office at Museum (Fagforeningskontor på museum)
2:03; 2012: As paper factory Peterson went bankrupt the local museum took care of valuable historical material. Like vital effects from the local union office.

03:00: The 1930’s: Labour in government (Arbeiderstyre i tretti-åra)
; 1962: This short film shows Johan Nygaardsvold, Labour Prime Minister, giving a speech on May 1. The film also includes an interview with Labour politician Trygve Lie, who was later to become the first General Secretary of the United Nations.

04:00: The International Day of Workers (Arbeidernes internasjonale kampdag)
4:38; 1974: Historical working class photography from early twentieth century Norway.

05:00: The First Strike of Norwegian Nurses (Norges første sykepleierstreik)
2:30; 1972
Despite negative reactions in the media the first ever strike of Norwegian nurses (1972) received massive support from the population.

The Cultural History of Workers (Arbeidernes kulturhistorie)
4:24; 1981: Legendary scholar Arne Kokkvold talks about the cultural history of the labour movement in Norway.

06:00: The book about Einar Gerhardsen (Boka om Einar Gerhardsen)
2:58; 1967: In 1967 journalist and author Rolf Gerhardsen wrote a book about his brother and former Norwegian prime minister Einar Gerhardsen.

The Matchstick Workers (Fyrstikkarbeiderskene)
13:55; 1973: This is the story about one of the most famous strikes in the history of the Norwegian labour movement. About 400 female workers started their own union at The Bryn and Grønvold Matchstick Factory in Oslo in 1889.

08:00: Martin Tranmæl – The Legendary Speaker (Folketaleren Martin Tranmæl)
4:32; 1962: The former labour leader talks about historical fights and achievements in the Norwegian Labour movement.

09:00: Stitched Together: Students, and the Movement for Alta Gracia
28:43; 2012: A documentary film examining the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic, a new college apparel company attempting to challenge the sweatshop model of production by creating a factory with living wages, good working conditions, and an independent trade union.

10:00: Can’t Take No More
29:03: Studs Terkel narrates this fast-paced history of occupational health and safety in the U.S. from the Industrial Revolution to the 1970s, which OSHA produced in 1979. Rare archival footage and photos illustrate the problems behind dramatic tragedies as well as the daily dangers that put workers at risk for long-term health problems.

11:00: Not this time – the story of the Simon Jones memorial campaign
23:54: The Simon Jones Memorial Campaign was set up after casual dock worker Simon Jones was decapitated in an industrial accident on April 24, 1998. He was working for Euromin on the south coast of England. The campaign argued that failure to train Simon for a dangerous job was tantamount to murder and that the pursuit of profit was put ahead of life. Simon died on his first day at work and was known to have no experience.

12:00: Digital Handcraft. China`s Global Factory for Computers
28:00; 2008: This film takes a look at the flipside of globalised computer production, which is incongruous with the “clean” image the industry usually displays. By interviewing both activists and workers, the film investigates the current situation as well as future possibilities for improving their situation. Furthermore, the film looks at issues surrounding the illegal shipping of computer scrap parts from Germany to developing countries.

13:00: Blue Elephants
14:00: This short documentary shows the dire labour conditions of migrant workers in the Malaysian electronics industry. Men and women from Nepal, Indonesia and other countries come as contract workers to work for well known brand companies.

14:00: Fingers to the Bone: Child Farmworkers in the United States
5:42: The film meets five of the more than 400,000 to 500,000 children between the ages of 5 and 16 who labor in fields and factories to feed us, lacking the protections offered by the Fair Labor Standards Act that all other American children enjoy.

15:00: Where ships and workers go to die

16:00: The Janitor
7:16: This short documentary follows the daily struggles of two janitors at a North American university. The film takes a critical look at the communication, or lack of communication, that happens between janitors and those that use the facilities they clean. Shot at Capilano University, in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.

17:00: Ralph Fasanella: A Painter of Working Class People
3:41: Whether it’s a strike or factory floor, former union organizer Ralph Fasanella devoted his life to painting working men and women. The man who is considered America’s best self taught artist, would eventually complete hundreds of pieces of work dedicated to jobs and justice.

17:00: The Banners of the Labour Movement (Arbeiderbevegelsens faner)
7:47; 1981: Flags and banners are well known cultural expressions of the Norwegian Labour movement. In this historical interview with former AOF leader Gunnar Gregersen we can learn more about this rich tradition.

18:00: Mouseland
7:43: The Story of Mouseland was a story told first by Clarence Gillis, and later and most famously by Tommy Douglas. The system was flawed in offering voters a false dilemma: the choice of two parties, neither of which represented their interests. The mice voted in black cats, which represented the Progressive Conservative Party, and then they found out how hard life was. Then they voted in the white cats, which symbolized the Liberal Party. The story goes on, and a mouse gets an idea that mice should run their government, not the cats. This mouse was accused of being a Bolshevik, and imprisoned. However, the speech concludes by saying you can lock up a mouse or a person, but you cannot lock up an idea.

18:00: Phone Booth
1:00; 2009: It’s a lonely job, but someone’s got to do it — time to get organized maybe…

19:00: The Brotherhood of Man
10:36; 1946: An animated short film sponsored by the United Autoworkers which breaks down various racist ideas of difference among peoples.  In some ways the presentation will seem awkward to a modern audience, but considering when it was made and the intended audience (rank-and-file white workers), it is an impressive document.

19:00: How Football Can Fight Islamophobia (trailer)
2:39; 2008: This is a trailer for an anti-racist film from the Show Racism the Red Card Campaign in England.

20:00: Norma Rae (trailer)
2:49; 1979: Norma Rae is a 1979 American drama film that tells the story of a factory worker from a small town in North Carolina, who becomes involved in the labor union activities at the textile factory where she works. The film stars Sally Field in the titular role

21:00: Bread and Roses (trailer)
1:48; 2000: Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed supervisor can fire workers on a whim, and the service-workers’ union has assigned organizer Sam Shapiro to bring its “justice for janitors” campaign to the building.

22:00: Ken Loach documentary (trailer)
27:08; 2012

23:00: Brassed Off
2:28; 1996: Laid-off miners in 90′s England. A small Yorkshire mining town is threatened with being shut down and the only hope for the town’s men is to enter their Grimley Colliery Brass Band into a national competition.

24:00: North Country
2:31; 2005: North Country is a 2005 American drama film directed by Niki Caro. The screenplay by Michael Seitzman was inspired by the 2002 book Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler, which chronicled the case of Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Company.


Global Labor Film Festival: Rochester, NY

Wednesday, May 1, 8P: Reds2013Reds
Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House
Rochester, NY
Organized by the Rochester Labor Film Series

(Warren Beatty, US 1981, 195 minutes) This second directorial effort from Warren Beatty was his most daring and politically volatile, painting a sympathetic portrait of America’s radical Left in the second decade of the 20th century. The film focuses on John Reed (played by Beatty), a revolutionary journalist who reported on the Paterson silk strike and the Mexican revolution (1913), the Colorado Coal War (1914), and WWI’s Eastern front (1915), but is best known for his first-hand account of the Russian Revolution (1917) — Ten Days That Shook the World. Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Maureen Stapleton round out the powerful cast nominated in all four acting categories at the Academy Awards, the only film to do so until 2013. An epic film whose complex polemics strongly resonate with our political climate, Reds stands as a lasting testament to the vitality of socially conscious cinema.


Global Labor Film Festival: San Diego, CA

May 1: Ghosts with Shit Jobs (May Day Workers Film Festival)GhostsWithShitJobs
San Diego Premiere
9p @ Media Arts Center Digital Gym Theater (North Park)
2921 El Cajon Blvd. 92104

In the future, jobs still suck – but in whole new ways. By 2040, the global economy has flipped and North Americans are a cheap labor pool for wealthy Asian markets. A Chinese documentary show focuses on the “ghosts” (Cantonese slang for “white people”) unlucky enough to have been born into the slums of Toronto. The faux documentary takes us through some of the forms of employment for North Americans such as living spambots, digital janitors, robot baby technicians, and silk collectors. A low-fi sci-fi film produced over four years with an all volunteer cast and crew.

Ghosts with Shit Jobs
Filmmaker: Jim Munroe
Distributor: No Media Kings
2012 Canada 94 minutes


Global Labor Film Festival: San Francisco

Wednesday, May 1: Dreamwork China
7:00 PM at ILWU Local 34, 4 Berry Street, San Francisco
San Francisco LaborFest