Forwarded from Stuart Lawrence

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 8 07:51:02 MST 2002


LABOR GOES TO THE MOVIES

FILM SERIES TO EXPLORE REPRESENTATION OF LABOR IN MOVIES AND BUILD ON THE
SOLIDARITY AMONG CITY WORKERS

The PSC announces the inaugural season of a labor film series that aims to
strengthen ties across the union movement in New York City.

Labor Goes to the Movies combines thought-provoking cinema with contemporary
questions for organized labor. The series of diverse and powerful films will
create opportunities for discussion among working people and expand the
range of
images of labor available to filmgoers. Each film will be followed by a
roundtable
featuring guests such as film studies professors, labor activists,
rank-and-file
workers, and the filmmakers whose work is being shown.

The series kicks off with David Riker, the director of La Ciudad, joined by
Hector
Figueroa, a union leader from SEIU-32BJ, in a discussion moderated by CUNY
film
professor and television presenter Jerry Carlson.

Labor Goes to the Movies is a special project of the PSC, the union that
represents 20,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New
York. The union called upon the expertise of its members to develop the
eclectic
series of films—which in this first season range from the classic 1924 film
Strike
to Live Nude Girls Unite! a documentary on the successful efforts of San
Francisco
sex workers to form a union. "There is a rich tradition of organized labor
as a
creative, and not merely defensive, force," said PSC President Barbara Bowen.
"With Labor Goes to the Movies the PSC seeks to contribute to that
tradition and
spark the kind of discussion among working people that are may be
discouraged by
popular culture. This seemed an ideal time to build on the solidarity among
New
York City workers."

The screenings will start on February 8th and continue through May. The
schedule
is as follows:

2/8/02 La Ciudad (The City)

A 1999 film shot entirely in Queens, La Ciudad presents the lives of four
Latino
immigrants who grapple with work problems as laborers and seamstresses, the
disorientation of life in New York City, homelessness, and the baffling
bureaucracy of public schools.

3/8/02 La Promesse (The Promise)

A 1996 Belgian film that offers a European perspective on the exploitation
of its
immigrant labor. At one point in the film, a racist businessman, who is
dodging
construction inspectors, refuses to take an African laborer injured on an
unsafe
job to a hospital. After the worker dies, the businessman tries to sell the
man’s
widow as a prostitute.

4/12/02 Live Nude Girls Unite!

This 2000 documentary is about the successful effort to organize a group of
mostly
female workers at a San Francisco strip club. The employees worked without
paid
sick leave and suffered under punitive a wage system. In addition, they
learned
that hair color and breast size determined work assignments. The documentary
explores difficult issues about the ethics of women’s control over their
bodies.

5/10/02 Strike

The classic first film of Sergei Eisenstein is constructed around a fictional
strike at a factory. The film examines the struggles of the strikers at
home and
at work. Strike celebrates what Eisenstein called "the plastic charm of
reality"
in a delirious ode to the factory machinery, later transformed into weapons
by the
workers.

Screenings will take place once a month at the Center for Worker Education
at 99
Hudson Street, 6th floor. The suggested donation is $2.

All Screenings at 6PM
CWE/ 99 Hudson St. / 6th Floor


Louis Proyect
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