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Cesar’s Last Fast

In the summer of 1988 Cesar Chavez, then 61 years old, embarked on a water ¬only fast – a personal act of penance for not having done enough to stop growers from spraying toxic pesticides on farm workers. For more than a month no one, including Cesar, knew when he would eat again. Structured around dramatic never-before-seen footage, this film focuses on the story of how Chavez organized America’s poorest, least educated workers, built a movement that successfully challenged our nation’s powerful agribusiness, and launched the modern day Latino civil rights movement in the U.S. Motivated by Catholic social teaching, Chavez risked his life in pursuit economic justice for America’s most vulnerable workforce.

Directed by: Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee


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Ten Dollars an Hour

The story of an African-American cook working at an all-white fraternity house at the University of Mississippi.

Ten Dollars an Hour (Full Movie: 15m)



The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010)

47m; Denmark

Director: Miki Mistrati and U Roberto Romano

Synopsis (IMDB): A team of journalists investigate how human trafficking and child labor in the Ivory Coast fuels the worldwide chocolate industry. The crew interview both proponents and opponents of these alleged practices, and use hidden camera techniques to delve into the gritty world of cocoa plantations.




The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW (2010)

60m; U.S.

Director: Marissa Aroy

Synopsis: The Delano Manongs tells the unknown history of a group of Filipino farmworkers in Delano, California who toiled under the yoke of racism for decades, then rose up in their twilight years to fight for fair wages and ethical work conditions to help create the united farmworkers union (UFW).




The Stockyards: End of an Era

Synopsis: Film discusses the closing of the Chicago Stockyards, black struggles with union, history of work in yards, ethnic backgrounds.



The Waiters (2006)

85m; U.S.

Director: Derik Wingo

Cast: Derik Wingo, Lorrainne Petersen and Scott Vogel

Synopsis: Taylor Starks and his co-workers, all aspiring actors, toil in a Los Angeles restaurant while “waiting” for their big break.



The World According To Monsanto (2008)

109m; France

Director: Marie-Monique Robin

Synopsis: Marie-Monique Robin has produced a powerful and frightening film in understanding the danger on a global level of out of control genetic engineering and the food industry. Workers, farmers, consumers and the environmentalists are all threatened by the unregulated development and growth products from this industry. The US media have censored the role of Monsanto and other biotech companies in spreading genetically engineered products that are harmful to workers in the laboratory, farmers and consumers around the world.Injured biotech worker David Bell who worked at Agraquest in Davis, which was owned by a former Monsanto Pest Division molecular biologist Pam Marrone, is one of the victims of this unbridled development and cover-up by the biotech industry.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Documentary, Global Economy



Together We Win: The Fight to Organize Starbucks (2006)

15m; U.S.

Director: Diane Krauthamer

Synopsis: A short documentary that chronicles the struggles and victories of the Starbucks Workers Union, from how it formed, to members continuing to organize.

Contact: Diane Krauthamer



Union Maids (1976)

48m; U.S.

Director: Julia Reichert, James Klein and Miles Mogulescu

Synopsis: Traces the organizing activities of three working class women in the laundry, meat packing and garment industries in Chicago in the 1930s. Features the oral histories of 3 women labor activists involved in the workers’ movements in the early 1930s: Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki, and Sylvia Woods. The women are figures of dignity and beauty amid their experiences of social injustice.

Nominated for an Oscar in 1978 for best feature documentary, and winner in 1978 of the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics’ “Critics Award” for Best Short.



Union with a Heart (1974)

18m; U.S. 

Director: Brewery Workers Union

Synopsis: Celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Brewery Workers Union