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Workers Unite Film Festival: $6 Short Films Show @ Empire State College

May 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Workers Unite Film Festival presents an evening of film, and activism with screenings and discussions of:

Free Early Shows:
Be Ethical Always – One hapless employee’s struggle to complete online ethics training after his job has been outsourced. Touches on surveillance and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Hypocrisy en masse from a soulless corporation with numerous ethical violations, which has employees take a phony and hypocritical online ethics course every few months. (2016, 16 min)

Love & Solidarity – An exploration of nonviolence and organizing through the life and teachings of Rev. James Lawson. Lawson provided crucial strategic guidance while working with Martin Luther King, Jr., in southern freedom struggles and the Memphis sanitation strike of 1968. Moving to Los Angeles in 1974, Lawson continued his nonviolence organizing in multi-racial community and worker coalitions that have helped to remake the LA labor movement. Through interviews and historical documents, acclaimed labor and civil rights historian Michael Honey and award-winning filmmaker Errol Webber put Lawson’s discourse on nonviolent direct action on the front burner of today’s struggles against economic inequality, racism and violence, and for human rights, peace, and economic justice. (2016, 38 min)

$6 Short Films Show:

Working Poor – When the rent comes due and his bank account has been tapped out, a single father goes to extraordinary lengths to make a life for himself and his young daughter in his working class neighborhood. This touching narrative film feels real in its story of struggling to survive on the edge. (2016, 25 min)

Fare Share – Through the personal experiences of four Uber and Lyft drivers, this short documentary explores the complexities of Seattle’s burgeoning ride-share industry, revealing the challenges of protecting workers’ rights at a time when the nature of work is rapidly changing. (2016, 30 min)

Biographies of Struggle – A documentary about the longest steelworkers strike in Italy since the last labor unrest wave of the 80s. The ThyssenKrupp factory, threatened by 550 job cuts and a partial closure, is the framework where 11 participants express their thoughts and opinions about the on-going 7-month dispute and 45-day-long strike. The film combines the participants’ footage and the anthropologist’s participant observation in order to create a visual representation of the workers’ community, their rituals and “passages” during the unfolding dispute aimed to defend their jobs, while questioning their working history and constructed identities. (2016, 43 min)

Discussion with filmmakers to follow. Purchase your tickets today: www.workersunitefilmfestival.org


May 12, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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empire state college
325 Hudson Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013 United States
(212) 498-9300

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