Workers Unite…on Screen in NYC!

Billing itself as “a celebration of Global Labor Solidarity,” the Workers Unite Film Festival for its eight edition starting May 10.

The festival will feature more than 30 programs and 60 films over the course of its 13 days (May 10-23). The festival opens with 2018’s “Somewhere to Be” a look at a Greenwich Village senior center and closes May 23 with a series of documentary shorts and an encore screening of “Somewhere to Be.”

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Among the festival’s other highlights:

  • “Councilwoman” A hotel housekeeper has won a City Council seat in Providence, RI. Energized to advocate for low-income workers, her stamina for politics is put to the test.
  • “Sorry to Bother You” – In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.
  • The Devil We Know” Unraveling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical – now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans – into the drinking water supply.
  • “Dear Walmart” Walmart workers organize and fight for a historic pay raise. The OUR Walmart workers’ alliance seek to organize the exploited workers of the largest retailer in the world.
  • “Final Cutz” Bob Hardlock, the hopeful chairman of a dying arts college, must fend off a hoard of hungry zombies after a fire releases buried nuclear waste onto the campus.

“These films highlight and publicize the struggles, successes and daily lives of all workers in their efforts to unite and organize for better living conditions and social justice,” says the WUFF website. “We hope to illuminate, educate and motivate audiences to take action. In these last few years, unprecedented attacks have been launched against unions and workers’ federally mandated rights to organize, by well-funded corporate lobbies such as ALEC. Despite these well organized campaigns, workers continue to courageously challenge these attacks by raising their voices with determination and with unity.”

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