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FILMS • 2013


(Luis Argueta, 2010, 96 min)

Personal stories in an Iowa town tell how government enforcement agents engaged in the most brutal, expensive, and largest immigration raid in US history and speak for the need for comprehensive immigration reform.

Link to the website and trailer for Abused: The Postville Raid.



(Fred Glass, 2012, 10 min)

Subtitled From “The Millionaire's Tax To The Victory Of Prop 30,” this film is a compilation of news reports from around California on the California Federation of Teacher's successful efforts in passing the Proposition 30, Millionaire's Tax, in November 2012, which avoided draconian cuts to education and public services.

Website & trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1737082/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1



Border Fence(Peter Getzels & Eduardo López, 2012, 90 min)

A breakthrough contribution to the immigration debate based on the book by Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez which documents how US Foreign policy consciously stimulated immigration from Latin America, while never affording the respect shown to Europeans to these new arrivals from south of the border.

Link to the website and trailer for Harvest of Empire.

Photo credit: Jimmy Felter.



(Laurie Simons & Terry Sterrenberg, 2011, 65 min)

The Healthcare MovieHow did the health care systems in Canada and the United States, once similar, evolve to be so completely different? Mostly forgotten today was the intense political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada, while a century of public relations campaigns in the U.S., still active today, dissuade the public from supporting national health care.

Link to the website and trailer for The Healthcare Movie.



(Robert Greenwald, 2012, 55 min)

Before Occupy, Koch Industries was "the biggest company you've never heard of." These poster boys for the top 1 percent use their money and power to fuel the growing inequity in America and influence broad spheres of our society as diverse as community school boards, colleges, the environment, voting rights, think tanks, and “grass-roots” political movements.

Link to the website and trailer for Koch Brothers Exposed.



Eugene Hutz(Antonino D’Ambrosio, 2013, 88 min)

A rough, raw and unapologetically inspirational charged journey into the heart of the creative counter-culture. In a time of global challenges, this upbeat film tracks the story of artists, writers, thinkers and musicians who have gone underground to re-imagine and engage the world in exuberantly paradigm-busting ways.

Link to the website for Let Fury Have the Hour. Link to the official trailer.

Photo: Eugene Hütz of punk band Gogol Bordello, by Antonino D’Ambrosio.



(Kelly Anderson & Tami Gold, 1997, 56 min)

ICheryl Summervillen 1992 Cheryl Summerville, a cook at a Cracker Barrel restaurant outside Atlanta, received a termination paper stating she was fired for "failing to demonstrate normal heterosexual values." She was shocked to discover that in more than 40 American states it was legal to fire workers because of their sexual orientation. This film chronicles the stories of three workers as they seek workplace safety, job security and employee benefits for gays and lesbians.

Link to the website and trailer for Out At Work.

Photo: Cheryl Summerville.



(Catherine Murphy, 2012, 33 min)

250,000 volunteer teachers join the national literacy campaign in 1961, only two years into the Cuban revolution. Almost half of them were under 18 and over half were women. Together they taught a nation to read and write – and their lives would never be the same.

Link to the website and trailer for Maestra.

Photo credit: Liborio Noval.


Lilly LedbetterNEVER GOT A DIME

(Shelby Hadden, 2011, 13:30 min)

Lilly Ledbetter will always be remembered as a champion of women's rights and equal pay because of her 11 year fight against gender discrimination. When she retired after almost 20 years as a manager at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Gadsden, Alabama, her pay was 25% less than comparable male managers. The first piece of legislation President Obama signed into law in 2009 was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which will allow a person in Lilly’s circumstances to sue for lost pay.

Link to the trailer for Never Got a Dime.


Barbie & her childrenA PLACE AT THE TABLE

(Kristy Jacobson & Lori Silverbush, 2012, 84 min)

Fifty million people in the U.S. - one in four children - don’t know where their next meal is coming from. This crisis is examined through the lens of people struggling with food insecurity and concludes that hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation. It could be solved once and for all if the American public decides that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Link to the website and trailer for A Place at the Table.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.



(Marcia Rock, 2011, 60 min)

Compelling portraits of courageous women in military service, the horrific traumas they face on duty, and the inadequate care they often receive on return as they wrestle with prosthetics, homelessness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Military Sexual Trauma.

Link to website and trailer for Service: When Women Come Marching Home.


Ohio Solar CooperativeSHIFT CHANGE

(Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young, 2012, 70 min)

A close look at some of the wildly successful cooperative ventures in Europe and the U.S. The worker co-op movement is exploding - creating jobs, strengthening communities, and showing that another economy is possible.

Link to the website and trailer for Shift Change.

Link to Truthout article on business conversions to worker ownership.

Photo courtesy of Ohio Solar Cooperative.



(Fred Glass, 2012, 8 min)

This cartoon by the California Federation of Teachers Education Director clearly shows why.

Link to Tax The Rich online.



(Peter Nicks, 2012, 81 min)

An intense human drama showing the faults and limitations of the health care system and the extraordinary efforts of patients, caregivers, and workers in the emergency room in Oakland’s Highland Hospital as they cope with diseases, injuries, and bureaucracy.

Link to the website and trailer for The Waiting Room.


We're Not BrokeWE’RE NOT BROKE

(Karin Hayes & Victoria Bruce, 2012, 81 min)

Lawmakers cry “We’re Broke!” as they slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers, police, and firefighters, crumbling our country’s social fabric and leaving many people scrambling to survive. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar American corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of America are making record profits and concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. income tax.

Link to the website and trailer for We’re Not Broke.

Photo credit: Karin Hayes.



(Sam Mayfield, work in progress, 110 min)

Following Governor Scott Walker’s announcement of his controversial 'Budget Repair Bill,' the people of Wisconsin rose up, occupied their state capitol and took to the streets as rarely seen in U.S. history. Walker’s bill, supported by the Koch brothers, was an assault on working people, unions and the poorest, most vulnerable people in society. While bringing you into the lives of those most affected by Walker's bill, this film introduces you to the reanimation of the American labor movement. This documentary tells the story of how Wisconsin became a testing ground for the nation in a political environment where corporations have greater and greater clout and ordinary citizens are losing their ability to obtain redress.

Link to the Kickstarter website and trailer for Wisconsin Rising.



(Greek unions, 2013, 23 min)

Greek factory workers have taken over their abandoned factory and are preparing to restart production.

Link to You Cannot? We Can! online.

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