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Life on the Line

2015 ‧ Drama/Action ‧ 1h 37m

After a family tragedy, Beau Ginner rises to be foreman in a Texas lineman team, upgrading overhead power cables and preventing disasters. However, there is friction when his college-bound niece Bailey’s on-off boyfriend Duncan joins the crew, while another new recruit is hiding PTSD symptoms.

Release date: 2016 (USA)
Director: David Hackl
Music composed by: Jeff Toyne
Executive producers: Chad Dubea, Rosa Morris Peart, Shawn Williamson, Bryant Pike, Jamie Goehring
Producers: Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/movies/life-on-the-line-review-john-travolta-kate-bosworth.html

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/life-on-the-line-2016

 

Murder Not Accident

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2019; video; 30m
Directed by Fatih Pınar, edited by Burcu Kolbay and Fatih Pınar
Co-produced by Bergen Assembly 2019

Contact: Fatih Pınar; fatihpinara@gmail.com
Screened at 2019 labor film festival in Turkey

Murder Not Accident documents the collective struggle against the “work-related serial murders” in Turkey. In 2018, at least 1,872 people died on the job due to preventable causes while working. The annual death toll of occupational diseases is estimated to be at least six times this figure. None of these deaths are registered as work-related and most of the victims of work-related violence remain unnamed. This is a state of emergency – corporate crime and social murder, which remain deliberately ignored by the government and state entities.

In 2008, a group of families mourning for loved ones, victims of work-related murders, came together. They translated their shared grief into a demand for justice. They named their network Workers’ Families Seeking Justice (WFSJ) and gave the victims a name with this struggle:

We are the families of the workers who lost their lives in preventable work-related accidents and occupational diseases, the root reasons of which are duplicated in each new death. That is why we call them “work-related murders”. Those who are responsible for them –highest-ranking executives and officials of corporations and public bodies– were never exposed to a just judicial process and continue to enjoy full impunity. We are mourning together and our claim for justice is to “remember the dead and fight for the living”.

The Support Group, a solidarity network of urban planners, architects, lawyers, and other activists from Bir Umut Derneği (One Hope Association), based in Istanbul, share a common cause with the Workers’ Families. Since May 2012, on the first Sunday of each month, the Families and the Support Group have been holding “the Vigil for Conscience and Justice” on Galatasaray Square in the center of Istanbul. The vigils were held there 74 times and were banned on the 75th occasion. The reasons given for the ban were the precise ones for which the families have fought for so long: “national security, public order, the protection of public health”.

Yet Workers’ Families Seeking Justice hold on to their demand. Concurrently, since 2012, the Support Group has published seven almanacs about the murders, tracing the national press coverage and some local, non-published sources as well as highlighting the families’ demand for memory and justice.

 

Mine 9

2019 ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 23m

Miners struggle to survive after an explosion leaves them trapped two miles underground.

Release date: April 12, 2019 (USA)
Director: Eddie Mensore
Music composed by: Mauricio Yazigi
Producer: Eddie Mensore
Screenplay: Eddie Mensore

‘Mine 9’ Review: A Tense Disaster Drama, Undermined by Clichés

 

Behemoth

Zhao Liang / 2015 / 90 minutes / China

Beginning with a mining explosion in Mongolia and ending in a ghost city west of Beijing, political documentarian Zhao Liang’s visionary new film Behemoth details, in one breathtaking sequence after another, the social and ecological devastation behind an economic miracle that may yet prove illusory.

A horrific, at times surreal documentary portrait of migrant iron and coal workers in Inner Mongolia.

 

Union Leader

Releasing January 19, 2018 | directed by Sanjay Patel
Starring Rahul Bhat, Tillotama Shome

In a country where the voice of the powerless is often suppressed, it’s time to explore the pain of labour.

A 2017 production of Dim Lights Pictures, Inc and Platoon One Films.

“It portrays workers at a (I think) chromium sulfate plant, in India, union-represented, who are dying of cancer.  One guy decides change is needed.  He organizes his co-workers, with all the ebbs and flows that happen when you do that – threats, fights, people step up and then back down, he’s beaten up.  He pisses blood.  He goes to a labor inspector who seems great – and then gets paid off by the boss.  The boss tries to pay our hero off.  There is a vote and the new union of the real workers is voted in and our hero becomes the leader. It reminds me of ‘Christ in Concrete,’ but it has a happy ending. ”
– Ann Hoffman

 

Prescription for Change (1986)

Directed by: Lyn Goldfarb and Tami Gold
Running Time: 30 min
Starring: N/A

Website: http://andersongoldfilms.com/films/documentaries/pfc.htm

Synopsis: traditionally female, underpaid and under-appreciated. This documentary presents a rare behind-the-scenes look at nursing. Produced over ten years ago – before prime-time’s ER and CHICAGO HOPE – this documentary has a clear feminist perspective and continues to be refreshing and relevant.

 

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Documentary, Safety & Health, Short

 

From Bedside to Bargaining Table (1984)

Directed by: Lyn Goldfarb and Tami Gold
Running Time: 20 min
Starring: N/A

Synopsis: This inspiring documentary looks at nursing from the nurse’s point of view, encouraging healthcare professionals to work together to change their poor working conditions and gain self-respect.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Documentary, Safety & Health, Short