Come to the Union Hall and get your tickets for the Rochester Labor Film Series that will be showing movies starting Spetember 4th through November 20th. They are playing at the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House (900 East Avenue). Tickets are free to all members. Each movie will be shown at 8:00pm Except October 16th which will be shown at 6:00pm. Here's what's playing:
September 4 - The Hand that Feeds
- At a popular bakery cafe, residents of New York's Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers earn sub-legal wages, deal with dangerous machinery, and abusive managers. In 2012 a small group of them decided to fight back. Risking deportation and loss of their jobs, they teamed up with innovative young organizers and formed a union. In one roller-coaster year, they overcame a shocking betrayal, and a two-month lockout. Lawyers battled in back rooms, Occupency Wall Street protesters took over the cafe, and a picket lins divided the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country.
September 11 - Eight Men Out
- A dramatization of the 1919 baseball scandal when several underpaid Chicago White Sox players accepted bribes to deliberately lose the World Series. A stellar cast (John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, Clifton James, Christopher Lloyd, David Strathairn, Micheal Rocker) transforms the story of a national scandal into a suspenseful examination of labor issues in baseball during a time before players had a union and when they were virtually the property of team owners. Sayles blames the whole affair on a miserable team owner Charles Comiskey (Clifton James)
September 18 - On The Art Of War
Milan, August 2009. Four workers climb a 65-foot gantry crane inside the hanger of the INNSE, a ferrous metals foundry and the last active factory in Milan. They threaten to throw themselves down to stop the dismantling of the machinery and the closure of the factory they work in. The hanger is surrounded by dozens of police and supporters from all over Italy. This is not a simple struggle. These workers have a clear strategy, organized army, they know their territory and their enemy. their story is told through a successful combination or TV footage, long shots of the factory, and interviews with ther workers.
September 25 - The Wobblies
"Wobblies" was the popluar name given to members of the Industrial Workers of the World, an early 20th century union with syndicalist and anarchist sympathies. The U.S. government, Pinkerton detectives and private business used any means neccesary, including murder, to supress the Union. This documentary combines found footage and interviews to tell the compelling history of the IWW, whose motto "An injury to one is an injury to all," expressed the organization's commitment to class solidarity and whose slogan "We want bread and we want roses, too" grew out of a militant strike of immigrant textile workers.
October 2 - The Trotsky
Like most high schoolers, Leon Bronstein is having an identity crisis. He believes he is the reincarnation of Soviet thinker Leon Trotsky and is predestined to follow his path. Sentenced to public school for staging a hunger strike in his father's factory, Leon sees punishment as another step toward the fullfillment of his destiny. After all, teaming with Stalinesque authoritarians and throngs of voiceless students, what arena could be more apropos for social reinvention than high school? He enlists a group of disenchanted youth and together they plan to take down the dictatorial principle. Director Jacob Tierney cleverly links the real Trotsky's life to the tribulations of the passionate high schooler.
October 9 - Men Of The Cloth
Men of cloth is an aspiring portrait of Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti, three Italian master tailors who confront the drcline of the apprentice system as they navigate new challenges in the twilight of their careers. The film unravels the mystery of their art and reveals how their passionate devotion to an Old World craft is akin to a religion. This film will be of special interest in Rochester, with its long tradition of quality clothing produvtion. Post-screening discussion with the filmmaker.
October 16 - The Hour Of The Furnaces
Getino and Fernando Solanas, Argentina 1968, 260 min., 16mm Spanish, English, Portuguese w/ subtitles. Break provided. Solanas and Getino's monumental document of neocolonialism in Latin America exemplifies what the directors termed a "Third Cinema." Told in several parts (1. Neocolonialism and violence; 2. Act for liberation; 3. Violence and Liberation), this audacious callm to action was filmed surreptitiously between 1966 and 1968 and was screened underground to anarchists and revolutionaries fighting the military dictatorship, some whom would become the victims of Argentina's "dirty war". The filmmakers use sound and images to challenge viewers, treating the audiences as active partipants in a cinema that exists "outside and against the system." Poetic, shocking, remarkably engrossing, this treatise on the overt and covert injustices of colonialism, the violence neccesary to fight violence, and the transformative role of art in political upheaval retains its revolutionary fervor to this day.
October 23 - Tir
October 30 - Pride
October 20 - TBA
Check back here, or our Facebook page, a week before each showing to read a short bio of what each movie is about.