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Workers Unite Film Festival: Opening Night
May 28, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Workers Unite Film Festival presents an evening of film, and activism with screenings and discussions of:
To Serve and Protect? – We see it all over the media, but excessive use of force by police isn’t new. The only thing that is new is the video camera. (2016, 7 min, Gandhi Brigade Youth Media)
Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NODAPL Struggle – The sub.Media team looks beyond the mainstream narratives surrounding the Standing Rock encampment to get a better understanding of some of the camp’s overlooked dynamics, including serious disagreements over which tactics to use to best stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). (2017, 30 min)
Juvenile Justice: The Road to Reform – It was a turbulent spring of 2015 as protesters and rioters took to the streets of Baltimore expressing their frustration with the justice system. Fifty miles away seven high school students watched the scene unfold and asked themselves why it happened. (2015, 8 min, Gandhi Brigade Youth Media)
Generation Revolution – London’s new generation of black and brown activists (U.K.’s #BlackLivesMatter). Generation Revolutionbrings to screen the powerful story of a new generation of black and brown activists who are changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond. This feature-length documentary film follows an exciting new breed of organizations as well as the young Londoners that are part of them. (2017, 1 hr 12 min)
To Be Heard Follow the story of them Muslim American Bodega owners who organized a strike closing approximately 1000 businesses in response President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and travel from 7 majority muslim countries. (2017, 3 min)
CWA: Fighting for a Fair Contract and Sarrah & Cheryce – AT&T Mobility Bargaining AT&T Mobility Workers are coming together to fight for a fair contract. Follow the story of two workers Sarrah & Cheryce and their struggles to fight for fair contracts. (2017, 4 min)
In Dubious Battle Based on the 1938 novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. The film focuses on young Jim Nolan (Nat Wolff), the latest recruit of a small political party who’s taken under his wing by the smooth-talking and more experienced Mac McLeod (James Franco). Their approach to fighting for workers’ rights is to infiltrate a group of apple pickers in California who have been told by the local landowner, Bolton (Robert Duvall), that their pay won’t be $3 a day but actually just $1 a day because “times are tough.” The film also stars Selena Gomez, Josh Hutcherson, Bryan Cranston, Sam Shepard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ed Harris, Zach Braff, Keegan Allen, Ashley Greene, and Beth Grant. (2017, 1 hr 50 min)
Marx Is Back A mini-series of fiction based on the Communist Manifesto. Marx Is Back takes place in current day Argentina as it suffers through the blows of economic crises. As workers of a printing house face suspensions and lay-offs one group of works try to organize as the union officials try to push them aside. Martin, part of the workers’ group starts reading the Communist Manifesto and ends up meeting Karl Marx himself. Is he dreaming or is this reality? All through the episodes, Marx appears in the story, exposing his revolutionary ideas regarding social classes, the crises, the State and communism. (2014, 50 min)
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.