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Workers Unite Film Festival: Trans Rights as Workers Rights as Human Rights
May 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Workers Unite Film Festival presents an evening of film and activism with screenings of:
Anchovies – Haunted by his mother’s drowning, a queer teen is forced to spend the day with his father’s health obsessed millennial girlfriend, only he isn’t interested in the benefits of omega three fatty acids, long intimate walks, or motherly advice. (2017, 17 min)
Free CeCe – Following the story of CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman of color who was arrested and plead guilty to second degree manslaughter for defending herself against the man who attacked her. The documentary explores important topics from prison practices and abolition, to the treatment of transgender women and transgender women of color. The film focuses on what happened to CeCe and her interactions with prison and the justice system, but also explores the movement she has inspired. (2016, 87min)
Hate Ends Here – a look at the March 2016 National March in i support of welcoming refugees, which took place in London (2016, 6 min)
Out Run – Facing the harsh, transphobic climate of the Philippines, three transgender hairdressers and beauty queens attempt to make history by running for office as candidates of the Ladlad party—the world’s first LGBT political party. The political hopefuls take to the streets of the Philippines and make themselves exceedingly visible as directors S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons immerse the audience in the battle for rights and acceptance. This rousing documentary reaches beyond just personal narratives, following the historic struggle of the Ladlad party in its attempt to bring its voters out of the shadows to fight for representation. (2016, 75 min). Presented in partnership with NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film & Media Arts Organization.
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.