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Workers Unite Film Festival: Food banks, farming and moving forward

May 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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

Together showcases the diversity within worker, social and producers’ cooperatives. Why and FOR WHAT are young people “cooperating”? They are committed and guided by worker ownership, unity and solidarity. Together they decide of the present and the future through a business model based on values and democratic principles, the common property of good and the fair distribution of results and risks and, at the same time, the responsibility to be masters of their own destiny. For a different economy that leaves a solid legacy, built on those principles, to present and future generations. (2016, 15min)

Food Bank Food bank users in South London have made a film about using a food bank, they interviewed food bank users to find out why they were living in food poverty and how they felt about using a food bank. These first hand accounts delve into a word not often explored (2016, 15 min)

Gaining Ground Tells the stories of farmers making changes in their farming practices to feed local communities sustainably grown produce and grains. The film weaves the experiences of urban farmer-activists in inner city Richmond, California, a small family farm in rural Oregon, and a large farm in the Willamette Valley. The film tells personal stories of class, gender, race and environmental justice. (2016, 76 min)

City of Joy – Devastated by 20 years of violence, the eastern part of The Democratic Republic of Congo is often referred to as “The worst place in the world to be a woman.” This film brings a different story from the region. A story about the profound resilience of the human spirit witnesses Congolese women’s fierce will to reclaim hope, even when so much of what was meaningful to them has been taken. (2016, 1 hr 16min)

Sunflowers of Nicaragua – Sixteen female sex workers have been named judicial aides by Nicaragua’s Supreme Court to facilitate the resolution of conflicts that come up in their work. It is the first time in the world that sex workers have had access to this function. Follow these women in their mediation work and in the actions they promote through their association. (2017, 1 hr 10min)

Northern Girl – Middle class Emma has everything; the undervalued degree, a job of last resort and a growing cloud of debt. A ‘northern girl’, this ultimate achiever gets her big break in London, where the daily montage of life consists of clinging to the greasy career ladder. When Emma meets her partner, they escape back up north, but a directive from London makes Emma realize there’s no class to being the middle; it’s just them and us. (2016, 6 min)

August Lucey – A satire about a young man trying to find his political identity. A frustrated poet working in pharmaceutical advertising becomes a whistleblower to expose unethical drug testing, then leaves his job to live in the woods with a group of radicals who have gone off the grid and removed themselves from society. (2016, 1 hr 16 min)

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


May 11, 2017
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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