Labor & Film
are invited to the viewings!
Valley Labor Film Festival
April 5 to 26, 6:30 pm
Center (ILC) Room S231*
FOR QUESTIONS OR
CONTACT PAT GREENFIELD, 301-503-7639 or PATRICIAGREENFIELD@COMCAST.NET
The UMass Labor
Center is hosting an exciting series of films on labor issues. Community members are invited to the
viewings. The series explores historical
and contemporary labor issues and struggles, challenges and victories as seen
through the lens of a range of documentary and feature films. Films include labor classics, Hollywood
movies, and unreleased documentaries, focusing on topics including organizing
strategies, visions of social justice, politics, and conflicts around race,
2/2: Through a
(Hollywood) Lens Darkly-Labor and Corruption
On the Waterfront:
Oscar winner with Marlon Brando; unions, corruption and labor "snitches"
2/9: Digging Deep in
Two Industries-Hollywood and the Mines
Salt of the Earth:
Mining conflict featuring immigrant workers and strong women in the Southwest,
followed by presentation and Q&A session by film expert Nina Kleinberg, who
also does "Film School 101" at the Amherst Cinema
2/23: Labor and
Civil Rights-Stories from the 1960s
At the River I
Stand: Sanitation workers struggle for union recognition and strike in Memphis
TN in 1968; Dr. King was assassinated when he was in Memphis to support these
3/1: Women's Struggles with and for the Labor
Movement--Stories from the 1970s and Earlier
Norma Rae: Sally
Field Oscar-winning performance of a woman working and organizing in a southern
Complicated (Documentary Double Feature)
One Day Longer: Ten-year strike of Las Vegas casino workers
Live Nude Girls
Unite: Organizing, bargaining and striking at a San Francisco strip club
3/29: Old Wine Made
New-Sitting Down and Taking Over
Documentary (by Naomi Klein) on workers in Argentina who fight to take
over and run their abandoned factory. We
will also show a short video on the Flint sit-down.
April 5 to 26,
Pioneer Valley Labor Film Festival
Western Mass. Jobs with Justice and the UMass Labor Center
no charge -
donations suggested to Western Mass. Jobs with Justice
All films during
these four weeks will be accompanied by a speaker or panel.
4/5: Blood Fruit
Documentary about a
small group of Irish retail workers, almost all women, who effused to handle
South African-produced fruit during the apartheid era. Not in general release, only available to
Feature film based
on a true story of a group of LBGT activists who raised money to support the
workers during the British Miners strike of 1984, and the interactions between
the two groups.
4/19: A Day's Work
As a lead-in to
Worker Memorial Day the following week, this documentary film tells the story
of a young temp worker killed his first day on the job. Not in general release, only available to
film festivals; the film-maker will join us to talk about the film.
4/26: Bread and
Feature film based
on the Justice for Janitors organizing of primarily immigrant workers in Los
Learning Center is adjacent to the Campus Center, and just behind the Student
Union building. You can easily get to
the ILC if you park on Level 2 of the Campus Center Parking Garage and walk up
the ramp into the Campus Center; the ILC is outside, on the same side of the
Campus Center building as the Blue Wall, which is the food court area in the
Campus Center. If needed, here is a link
to a UMass campus map: http://www.umass.edu/visitorsctr/sites/default/files/maps/map-2015.pdf.
UMass Amherst offers a unique multi-disciplinary program that combines coursework and an internship toward an M.S. degree in Labor Studies. Coursework provides the skills necessary to work in the labor movement - expertise in organizing, collective bargaining, strategic corporate research, and union leadership - and you will have an opportunity to examine the larger theoretical and strategic issues confronting workers and their unions in the new millennium.
A degree from the Labor Center guarantees a wide range of job opportunities within the labor movement and workers' rights organizations. Our graduates have been in high demand among unions and organizations fighting for social justice.