Global Labor Film Festival Returns in May

by Chris Garlock

glff_mediumThe second annual Global Labor Film Festival (GLFF) once again encircles the world with cinematic solidarity, touching down this year in Turkey, London, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Rochester, N.Y., and Monterey and San Jose, C.A..

Labor film festivals will screen a labor-themed film of their choice during the month of May, chosen because May 1—International Workers’ Day—is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.

Nearly a dozen labor film festivals are participating in the GLFF, screening a wide range of films from the classics like “Salt of the Earth” (which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year) to “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” and new films like “Oil Sands Karaoke” and “Schoolidarity: Reading. Writing. Revolution.”

The GLFF showcases the growing worldwide scope of nearly three dozen film festivals focused on films about work and the issues workers face. The festival was first conceived at the second annual International Conference of Labor Film Festival Organizers at the 2012 DC Labor FilmFest, both of which are organized by the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO.

“Movies, like solidarity, are international, and the Global Labor Film Festival puts our shared struggles up on silver screens around the world,” says DC Labor FilmFest Director Chris Garlock. Anyone doing labor-themed screenings in May—or interested in doing so in 2015—is welcome to join the Global Labor Film Festival; email [email protected].

“At a time when global corporations maintain a stranglehold on most broadcast media, these films show that courageous filmmakers can break through and communicate stories of workers’ lives that unite and motivate the viewing audiences to take progressive local action for change,” adds Andrew Tilson, director of the Workers Unite Film Festival in New York City.

See below for 2014 GLFF screening dates, locations and films and click here for details on each screening.

2014 Global Labor Film Festival

Barre, Vt.: May 1; “The Internationale” with director Peter Miller (Labor Film Night at the Socialist Labor Party Hall)

London: May 1, “Trash Dance” and “Le Capital” (London Labour Film Festival)

Philadelphia: May 1, “Harvest of Empire” (Americans in Struggle Film Series)

Santa Fe, N.M.: May 1, “Salt of the Earth” (Sante Fe Film Festival) PLUS free Jessie Bridges concert and music video project

San Jose, Calif.: May 1, “Schoolidarity: Reading. Writing. Revolution.” with film maker Andrew Friend (Reel Work San Jose)

Haifa, Israel: (Date/film TBA) (Haifa International Labor Film Festival)

San Diego: May 2, “Oil Sands Karaoke” (May Day Workers Film Festival)

Rochester, N.Y.: May 3, “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” (25th annual Rochester Labor Film Series)

Santa Cruz, Calif.: May 3, “Wisconsin Rising” with film maker Sam Mayfield (Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival)

Turkey: May 3, Gezi’nin Ritmi (The Rhythm of Gezi); (Labor Film Festival Turkey).

Monterey, Calif.: May 4, “Salt of the Earth” (Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival)

Washington, D.C.: May 5, “Salt of the Earth” (DC Labor FilmFest)

London: May 11, “Even The Rain” and “What is a Scam?” (London Socialist Film Co-op): 11 a.m., Bolivar Hall

New York, N.Y.: May 15, “Tears in the Fabric,” with “Tangled Threads” and “Triangle Shirtwaist Fire” (Workers Unite Film Festival)

*This post was originally published by the AFL-CIO blog “AFL-CIO Now.”


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