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AbUSed: The Postville Raid (2010)

96m; U.S.

Director: Luis Argueta

Synopsis (IMDB): It is at once an epic story of survival, hope, and humble aspirations, of triumph, defeat, and rebirth. The face of immigration is revealed through the gripping personal stories of the individuals, the families, and the town that survived the most brutal, most expensive, and the largest immigration raid in the history of the United States.


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Food Stamped (2011)

62m; U.S.

Director: Shirah & Yoav Potash

Synopsis: This timely documentary provides important accurate information about the food stamp program in the U.S., and it does so with some humor. The movie’s premise is a challenge: Can a nutrition educator and her husband, let alone anyone else eat healthy and well for a week if they live on the budget accorded food-stamp recipients? In addition to recording the couple’s experiences as they try to meet the challenge, the film presents basic facts about the program, examines the nutritional value of school lunches, cites conflicts between industrial food producers and organic farmers, and highlights the various problems that applicants and those on food stamps face.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Documentary, Working Class



Sick Around the World (2008)

56m; U.S.

Synopsis: In the Frontline documentary, Sick Around the World, T. R. Reid, a Washington Post correspondent, raises the controversial and timely issue of how America’s heath care system might be improved. The filmmakers chose to investigate healthcare in five advanced industrialized capitalist countries instead of nations where “socialized” medicine is the norm. By providing Americans with valuable but little known information about the successes and failures of health care in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Switzerland, it offers a base of comparison for progressive health care reform in the U.S



The Hungry Miles (1954)

49m; Australia

Director: Jack Levy, Keith Gow

Synopsis: The Hungry Miles is a documentary made by the Waterside Workers Federation Film Unit. It documents industrial relations on the waterfront since the 1930s and includes dramatised scenes of working conditions during the Depression. It also recounts the background to the Federal Governments 1954 amendments to the Stevedoring Industry Act, which proposed to give shipowners the right to directly recruit wharf labour and bypass the union; shows workers demonstrating; contrasts the gap between industry and workers in the division of profits; and evokes the spirit of the Eureka Stockade in portraying the solidarity amongst waterside workers. It includes voice-over narration by Leonard Teale and employs an orchestral score.

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The Take (2004)

87m; Argentina/Canada

Director: Avi Lewis

Cast: Naomi Klein, Matilde Adorno, Michel Camadessus and Bill Clinton

Synopsis: Argentina underwent an economic collapse in 2001, leaving behind bankrupties and massive unemployment. A few years later, in Buenos Aires, 30 unemployed auto-parts workers walk into an idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. They’re part of a daring movement of workers trying to recover and re-create their jobs. With The Take, outspoken journalist Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, have crafted a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century.




Sicko (2007)

123m; U.S.

Director: Michael Moore

Cast: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi and Tony Benn

Synopsis (IMDB): Documentary look at health care in the United States as provided by profit-oriented health maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France. Moore contrasts U.S. media reports on Canadian care with the experiences of Canadians in hospitals and clinics there. He interviews patients and doctors in the U.K. about cost, quality, and salaries. He examines why Nixon promoted HMOs in 1971, and why the Clintons’ reform effort failed in the 1990s. He talks to U.S. ex-pats in Paris about French services, and he takes three 9/11 clean-up volunteers, who developed respiratory problems, to Cuba for care. He asks of Americans, “Who are we?”



Sudden Wake (2009)

11m; Egypt

Director: Mahmud Farag

Synopsis: The story of the struggle of Egypt’s first independent trade union – the Real Estate Tax Authority Union (RETA). RETA was formed in December 2008, one year after tax collectors there held a two-week sit-in in front of the Cabinet Building. They face constant harrassment from the Egyptian government as well as the country’s official labour federation, the ETUF.

Contact: Hamza Ashra



Rail Against Privatization (2005)

60 min; U.K.

Director: Platform Films

Synopsis: British Rail workers fight to end privatization of rail system.

Contact: Link to rail union website:



The Real Price Of Military Occupation

20m; U.S.

Director: U.S. Labor Against the War

Synopsis: The vast majority of union members are now solidly against the war, yet most do not know the full impact the wars and occupations, and more broadly the military budget, are having on our troops, social services, national security, the federal budget and national debt, as well as on Iraqis and Iraq.

Contact: US Labor Against The War (USLAW)



Rebellion in Patagonia (1974)

110m; Argentina

Director: Héctor Olivera

Cast: Pedro AleandroHéctor Alterio and Luis Brandoni

Synopsis (New York Times): “Rebellion in Patagonia” covers a great deal of ground in the sweeping style of the muralist, opening with the assassination of an Army colonel in Buenos Aires in 1923 and then going back several years to describe the events leading up to that assassination.

Most of the action takes place on the broad plains of Patagonia, one of the most beautiful, most spooky landscapes on earth. It was there that a coalition of Communists and anarchists had successfully organized the workers on the sheep farms. When the landowners later refuse to honor their agreements, new strikes break out and the Army chief, once sympathetic to populist cause, sets out to break the movement in a campaign that’s estimated to have taken the lives of 3,000 workers.

The film is a collection of vignettes, richly detailed with the sort of character and incident that recall nostalgically but without sentimentality the sense of high purpose of early trade-unionism. The movie has a great fondness for these seminal labor fighters, including a young Spanish activist (Luis Brandoni) who is also a realist, and a fine old German idealist (Pepe Soriano) who puts his life on the line for his beliefs.

It’s not all black versus white, though. Mr. Olivera defines divisions within the ranks of both sides, sometimes tragically and often wittily, as in an early trade-union meeting when the success of a strike is celebrated by the Communists with a rousing anthem while their nonpoliticized Chilean compatriots look on aghast. They haven’t yet been taught that politics can be expressed in song.


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