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Reel Work Labor Film Festival

2024 FILM & CULTURAL EVENTS

Free Admission at All Events
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Wednesday, April 24, 2024 • 7 PM

Glen Schaller ¡Presente!

SEIU 521 Union Hall, 517 Mission St, Santa Cruz

Hybrid event: Register to join virtually at bit.ly/RW24Apr24

State of the Unions in California

In his classic mild-mannered style—at the same time authoritative and humorous—Glen Schaller speaks at the Penny University. Though the video is dated, Glen maintained his passion for working people’s rights to the recent end of his life, and the issues of class struggle he spoke of in 2012 are current today. He is still teaching us.

Audience sharing of encounters with Glen follows the video.

Thursday, April 25, 2024 • 7 PM

Understanding Gaza Series

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Hybrid event: Register to join virtually at bit.ly/RW24Apr25

Wrestling Jerusalem

(Dylan Kussman, 2016, 90 min, USA)

Writer-actor Aaron Davidman conjures a host of different characters while seeking answers to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He takes a multidimensional journey into the heart of the Middle East, and the intersection of politics, identity and spiritual yearning. He embodies and gives voice to 17 different characters on all sides of the existential divide – deftly moving between male and female, Jewish and Muslim, Israeli and Arab – modeling what it takes truly to bear witness through the eyes of the other, challenging long-held beliefs with sharp and unblinking observation.

Music: Mark Levy, singer, songwriter.

Co-sponsors: Resource Center for Nonviolence, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz for Bernie, Palestine Justice Committee.

Watch the trailer for Wrestling Jerusalem on YouTube.

Friday, April 26, 2024 • 7 PM

418 Project Theater, 155 River St, Santa Cruz

Youth v. Gov

(Christi Cooper, 2020, 110 min, USA)

A powerful climate documentary, followed by up-to-the-minute info on the current status of the groundbreaking Juliana vs. United States case brought by 20 young people that rests on this question: Do we have a legal right to a safe climate?

Court case update and conversations moderated by Ami Chen Mills.

Sponsored by Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Saturday, April 27, 2024 • 4 PM

Mid-County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave, Capitola

Being 80

(Bob Gliner, 2024, 56 min, Santa Cruz County, USA)

This local documentary was shown on PBS in February and showcases a diverse range of vibrant, unique and memorable 80 year olds still finding meaning in their lives through long lived career choices contradicting the stereotype that their minds and bodies are obsolete in a world where only younger generations can make the world work.

Speakers: Bob Gliner, filmmaker; John Brown Childs, professor emeritus; Cathy Cress, gerentologist.

Music by Patti Maxine.

Saturday, April 27, 2024 • 7 PM

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz
Register to join virtually at bit.ly/RW24Apr27

Stripped For Parts: Journalism on the Brink

(Rick Goldsmith, 2023, 99 min, USA)

Investigative reporter Julie Reynolds, Denver Post editorialist Chuck Plunkett, and a handful of others, backed by the NewsGuild union, go toe-to-toe with the faceless Alden Global Capital in a battle to save and rebuild local journalism across America. Who will control the future of America's news ecosystem: Wall Street billionaires concerned only with profit, or those who see journalism as an essential public service and the lifeblood of our democracy?

Speakers: Rick Goldsmith, filmmaker and Julie Reynolds, journalist.

Watch the trailer for Stripped For Parts on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 28, 2024 • 7 PM

Workers Memorial Day

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Into The Weeds

(Jennifer Baichwal, 2022, 97 min, USA)

A powerful story of a former Bay Area school district groundskeeper who was exposed on the job to the cancer-causing herbicide glyphosate. After he got cancer, a group of lawyers join together and successfully sued Monsanto.

Panelists: Mark Weller, Yanely Martinez, Kathleen Kilpatrick, and Woody Rehanek, pesticide safety activists with Californians for Pesticide Reform and Safe Ag, Safe Schools.

Watch the trailer for Into The Weeds on YouTube.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 • 7 PM

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Hybrid Event: Register to join virtually at bit.ly/RW24Apr30

International Shorts


The Choice: a fable

(Laura Lewis-Barr, 2023, 2 min, USA)

A group of Chickens debate an important choice. Adapted from a socialist fable.

Meeting Human Needs

(Liz Gibson-DeGroote & Paula Krasiun-Winsel, 2022, 19 min, Canada)

Fight to protect pubic services in Saskachewan. Paean to Tommy Douglas, Premier from 1944-1961.

$20 Gift Card

(Thalia Drori Ramirez, 2023, 8 min, USA)

What is the value of human labor, especially when that labor is performed by Latinos? A $20 Christmas bonus after a year of horrible working conditions?

The City That Works: Portland City Laborers & The Fight For Fair Wages

(Anna Lueck, 2023, 10 min, USA)

City of Portland essential workers who keep Portland clean and functional, including park rangers, wastewater treatment plant operators, and road maintenance crews, go on strike due to lack of compensation for the increasing demands and dangers of their jobs.

Tiburcio Parrott - Faces Of St. Helena

(Alex Lyman, 2024, 3 min, USA)

The person who overturned the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Fruits of Resistance

(Aline Juárez, 2023, 22 min, Spain)

Mostly immigrant agricultural laborers in huge greenhouses in Andauzia, Spain, organize for pay and respect.

Filmmakers Panel: Laura Lewis-Barr, Paula Krasiun-Winsel, Suzanne Gallant, Thalia Drori Ramirez, Anna Lueck, Nancy LaFortune, and Aline Juárez.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

International Workers Day

DIY Labor Day Parade on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz

Thursday, May 2, 2024 • 7 PM

Understanding Gaza Series

Capitola Branch Library, 2005 Wharf Rd, Capitola

Birth of a Conflict, Episode 1

(Avi Merkado Ettedgui & Yaron Niski, 2022, 55 min, Israel)

This 3-part documentary, informed by newly declassified British diplomatic files, sheds new and surprising light on the British Mandate, the 30 years of British rule in Palestine from 1917 to 1948.
Episode 1: A Conflict Requires a Territory. The British Empire’s arrival in the Middle-East complicated the region by pitting ethnic groups against each other through well-practiced divide-and-conquer colonial management techniques.

Discussion led by UCSC professor Bruce Thompson.

Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival.

Friday, May 3, 2024 • 7 PM

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Freeway Fighters

 

Divided Highways: The Interstates and the Transformation of American Life

(Lawrence Hott & Tom Lewis, 1997, 87 min, USA)

America’s desire for freedom and the open road resulted in the construction of thousands of highways during the Eisenhower administration. Through interviews, archival footage and photography, America’s interstate highway system is revealed to have shaped every aspect of American life and affected the nation’s history for better and for worse.

Speakers: Katherine Beiers and Gary Patton.

Sponsors: Sierra Club, Campaign for Sustainable Transportation.

Watch the trailer for Divided Highways on YouTube.

Saturday, May 4, 2024 • 1:30 PM

Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, 2402 Cabrillo College Dr, Soquel

Labor Song Circle

Aileen Vance brings her “Rise Up! Community Song Circle” to the festival with “We Do the Work!” a program of labor songs to celebrate International Workers Day. Aileen, along with special guests Julie Olsen Edwards and Bonnie Lockhart will be performing and leading the songs of working people past and present. Together we are mighty; all organizing goes better when we sing together!

Song Leaders: Aileen Vance, Julie Olsen Edwards and Bonnie Lockhart.

 

Sunday, May 5, 2024 • 7 PM

Understanding Gaza Series

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Hybrid event: Register to join virtually at bit.ly/RW24May5

Israelism

(Erin Axelman & Sam Eilertsen, 2024, 84 min, USA & Israel)

Portrays the heavy socialization of young people in many Zionist households in the US and Israel, as told by a few who later questioned that world view.

Watch the trailer for Israelism on YouTube.

Monday, May 6, 2024 • 6:30 PM

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

6:30 PM Santa Cruz Peace Chorale
7:00 PM Film

The 9 Lives of Barbara Dane

(Maureen Gosling, Jed Riff & Nina Menéndez, 2023, 108 min, USA)

An underground history of a singer-agitator previously overlooked by many storytellers of American history. Dane’s unbending principles guide her through notoriety, obscurity, and finally, music legend.

Speakers: Maureen Gosling & Jed Riffe, filmmakers.

Music; Santa Cruz Peace Chorale.

Watch the trailer for The 9 Lives of Barbara Dane on YouTube.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 • 7 PM

Understanding Gaza Series

SEIU 521 Union Hall, 517 Mission St, Santa Cruz

Hybrid event: Register to join virtually at bit.ly/RW24May8

5 Broken Cameras

(Guy Davidi & Emad Burnat, 2011, 94 min, Palestine)

A Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his village of Bil’in in the West Bank including their nonviolent resistance to the building of a separation barrier cutting of their lands for a settlement and the repressive actions of the Israeli army.

Audience discussion follows the film.

Watch the trailer for 5 Broken Cameras on YouTube.

Thursday, May 9, 2024 • 7 PM

Understanding Gaza Series

Capitola Branch Library, 2005 Wharf Rd, Capitola

Birth of a Conflict, Episode 2

(Avi Merkado Ettedgui & Yaron Niski, 2022, 55 min, Israel)

Episode 2: The story of how the Jewish-Arab conflict turned from a territorial quarrel between two national movements into a religious conflict. During this period, the Great Arab Revolt against British rule was crushed with brutal collective punishment including indiscriminate bombing and house destruction.

Discussion led by UCSC professor Bruce Thompson.

Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival.

Friday, May 10, 2024 • 7 PM

Workers of the World

Virtual event: Register at bit.ly/RW24May10

Drifting

(Somnur Vardar, 2023, 67 min, Turkey)

While watching the dramatic changes in urban texture, we meet two young Kurdish cousins working in construction, just like their fathers and grandfathers did for decades. They both dream of becoming teachers, wanting to break the vicious cycle of construction work. From dormitories to May Day street protests, we get glimpses of their life, hearing their stories of struggle, resistance, families, their hopes and dreams.

Speaker: Somnur Vardar, filmmaker.

Watch the trailer for Drifting on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 11, 2024 • 2 PM

Felton Branch Library, 6121 Gushee St, Felton

Being 80

(Bob Gliner, 2024, 56 min, Santa Cruz County, USA)

This local documentary was shown on PBS in February and showcases a diverse range of vibrant, unique and memorable 80 year olds still finding meaning in their lives through long lived career choices contradicting the stereotype that their minds and bodies are obsolete in a world where only younger generations can make the world work.

Speakers: Bob Gliner, filmmaker; Cathy Cress, gerentologist.

Music by Patti Maxine.

Saturday, May 11, 2024 • 7 PM

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

UNION

(Stephen Maing & Brett Story, 2023, 104 min, USA)

A group of current and former Amazon workers at a warehouse in New York City’s Staten Island challenges one of the world’s largest corporations in a successful unionization drive.

Speakers:

Watch the trailer for UNION on Mubi.

Thursday, May 16, 2024 • 7 PM

Understanding Gaza Series

Capitola Branch Library, 2005 Wharf Rd, Capitola

Birth of a Conflict, Episode 3

(Avi Merkado Ettedgui & Yaron Niski, 2022, 55 min, Israel)

Episode 3: The Fall of Empires. The downfall of the Arab national movement was concurrent with the rise of the Zionist movement as it made its journey towards creating a Jewish state, all in a decade marked by World War II and the collapse of the British Empire.

Discussion led by UCSC professor Bruce Thompson.

Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival.

Saturday, May 18, 2024 • 7 PM

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Hybrid event: Register to join virtually at bit.ly/RW24May18

A Thousand Pines

(Sebastián Díaz, 2023, 77 min, Mexico & USA)

In this tale of labor and family that shines a light on the precarity of temporary work visas, Raymundo Morales leads a crew of workers who have to make the challenging decision to leave their families in rural Mexico to plant commercial pine forests in the United States.

Speakers: Sebastián Díaz, filmmaker, and Angeles Moreno, graphic designer.

Watch the trailer for A Thousand Pines on YouTube.

 

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