May 23, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
343 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY, 10001
Workers Unite Film Festival: Penn South Screenings
Workers Unite Film Festival presents an evening of film, and activism with screenings and discussions of:
Bullies – A fascinating and disturbing animated short film, Bullies, uncovers ways the Real Estate Board of NY manipulates high rents, impedes affordable housing, and promotes the rise of non-union building and construction, leading to a dramatic spike in the number of unnecessary injuries and deaths among construction workers across New York City. (2017, 5 min)
Solidarity – An award-winning documentary short, Solidarity is an intimate portrait of two undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles who unknowingly become connected in a mysterious and profound way while dealing with loss. Solidarity has screened in competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, was a BAFTA U.S. Student Film Awards Finalist, is a recipient of the prestigious Kodak Student Film Scholarship. (2013, 21 min)
Where’s the Fire Engine, Daddy? – Parody on the perils of modern bureaucracy and the privatization of public services in the U.K. (2016, 7 min)
Reykjavik Rising: Iceland’s Untold Uprising – Following Iceland’s catastrophic financial crisis in October 2008, thousands of people took to the streets to call for the resignation of government officials, banging pots and pans to draw public attention in what became known as the “Kitchenware Revolution.” Filmed in Reykjavik between 2012 and 2014, Reykjavik Rising meets the instigators of the revolution and follows the most important national referendum in Iceland’s history, with critical lessons on how grassroots movements can cross over into mainstream politics.
BRIC TV: Free Wifi Kiosks in Brooklyn Are Raising Concerns Among the Cyber Expert Community –
When LINK NYC first began installing free phone charging and WiFi kiosks across Manhattan, they were met with praise. Yet, cyber activists, tech professionals and community members have since raised concerns about ways personal data may be used and sold. In this short documentary, BRIC TV meets with representatives of ReThink Link NYC to learn more their concerns. (2017, 5 min)
This event is free and open to the public. Discussion with filmmakers to follow. Reserve your space today: www.workersunitefilmfestival.org
Now in its 6th year, the annual Workers Unite Film Festival brings together activists, academics and filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds for a celebration of social justice and the arts. Through dozens of documentary screenings, community forums, and interactive events across New York City, the festival provides working people with a platform to tell their stories while leading a movement for meaningful change.