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The Spirit Level (still in production)

Director: Katharine Round

Synopsis: Based on the best-selling book The Spirit Level, this film shows why a more equal society is better for all of us, including the rich. Yet still this gap is at its highest level for 30 years. It’s time for action, and a documentary is the most powerful way we can raise awareness and mobilise people.

Contact: http://thespiritleveldocumentary.com/

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Waging A Living

U.S.
Directed by Roger Weisberg, USA, 2005 (85 minutes)
http://www.pbs.org/pov/wagingaliving/film_description.php

Synopsis: Minimum wage workers struggle to make ends meet.

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

 

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Misery in the Borinage (MISÈRE AU BORINAGE) [1933]

25m; France

Synopsis: This is one of the first documentaries ever made that show the lives of coal miners and their families. This film is a social documentary describing the fate of some 15,000 miners in the Borinage, who in 1932 staged a strike in protest against the announcement by Belgian mine-owners of a 5% cut in wages. The film is still extremely moving and portrays men who were often treated worse than animals.

 

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My Second Brother (Nianchan) [1960]

101m; Japan

Director: Shôhei Imamura

Cast: Hiroyuki Nagato, Kayo Matsuo and Takeshi Okimura

Synopsis (IMDB): Set during Japan’s depression years in the 50s, Nianchan (read: My Second Brother) tells the story about a family of 4 orphans, who are forced by circumstances to fend for themselves. Being in a mining town where the mining company is beginning to right-size its operations, jobs are getting scarce, and wages are getting lower with frequent cuts. Sticking together trying to find a way out of the vicious circle is close to impossible, and they realize that they have a better chance at carving a living if they split up.

 
 

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Net Worth (1995)

120m; U.S.

Director: Jerry Ciccoritti

Cast: Aidan Devine, Kevin Conway and Robin Gammell

Synopsis (IMDB): The story of the NHL’s early years, focusing on the battle between the players, led by Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, and the owners, over issues of benefits, pensions and the like

 

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Oblivion (2008)

93m; 

Director: Heddy Honigman

Synopsis: Focuses on Peru’s capital city of Lima, revealing its startling contrasts of wealth and poverty, and how many of its poorest citizens have survived decades of economic crisis, terrorism and government violence, denial of workers’ rights, and political corruption.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Documentary, War, Working Class

 

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Occupation (2002)

45m; U.S.

Director: Maple Razsa

Synopsis: Chronicles the 2001 Harvard living wage sit-in.

Contact: Pacho Velez 617-669-7832 http://www.enmassefilms.org/promo.html I am planning on coming to a progressive Jewish student conference to build my list of possible campus showings around the country. But I’m afraid that I’m coming at very short notice (I’ll be in DC next weekend and probably for the monday and tuesday following). I’d love to do some other campus showings so we’re talking to people at American, Johns Hopkins and Loyola. If you have other ideas of possible showings during that period I’d be glad to present. I’d also love your advice on labor forums/festivals that would be receptive to Occupation. Thanks, Maple Razsa (617)852-6304 cel

 

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