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Reel Work Labor Film Festival

2019 SCHEDULE

Admission to all events is by voluntary donation except as noted

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY EVENTS
MONTEREY COUNTY EVENTS

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY EVENTS

Sunday, April 7

2 pm • Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz

DISTURBING THE PEACE
Trailer for Disturbing The Peace

(Stephen Apkon & Andrew Young, 2016, 82 min, Israel & Palestine)

The film follows a group of former enemy combatants—Israeli soldiers from the most elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison—who have come together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” The story reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to non-violent peace activists, leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace.

Teleconference with Nizar Farsakh, chair of the board of the Museum of the Palestinian People, Washington DC

Thursday, April 11

7 pm • Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room, 4th Floor, 275 Main St, Watsonville

COUNCILWOMAN
Trailer for Councilwoman

(Margo Guernsey, 2018, 57 min, USA)

Carmen Castillo is a Dominican woman who maintains her job cleaning hotel rooms as she takes on her new role in politics as a City Councilwoman in Providence, RI. She faces skeptics who say she doesn’t have the education to govern. It’s a journey behind the scenes of a worker taking on the political system.

Monday, April 22

7 pm • Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

Chávez: Inside The Coup

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
Trailer for Chávez: Inside the Coup

(Kim Bartley & Donnacha O'Briain, 2003, 74 min, Venezuela)

In April 2002, the democratically elected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, faced a coup d’état by a US-backed opposition party. The two-day coup failed to topple Chávez, but the tumultuous event proved to be great dramatic material for two Irish filmmakers who happened to be making a documentary about Chávez as the coup erupted.

Discussion following the film

Tuesday, April 23

7 pm • Kresge College Student Lounge, UCSC

Earth Week: Labor and the Environment

KOCH BROTHERS EXPOSED
Trailer for Koch Brothers Exposed

(Robert Greenwald, 2012, 56 min, USA)

An exposé on the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who help finance the conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity which strives to weaken labor unions and deny climate change.

Panel discussion following the film

Wednesday, April 24

7 pm • Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz

ADIOS AMOR: The Search for Maria Moreno
Trailer for Adios Amor

(Laurie Coyle, 2017, 58 min, USA)

The discovery of lost photographs sparked the search for a hero that history forgot - María Moreno, a migrant mother driven to speak out by her twelve children’s hunger. She was the first farmworker woman in the U.S. to be hired as a union organize years before César Chávez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers. María picked up the only weapon she had—her voice—and became an outspoken leader in an era when women were relegated to the background.

CON O SIN PAPELES
Trailer for Con o Sin Papeles

(Aria Zapata, 2018, 20 min, USA)

Labor rights activist Luis Magaña takes daily drives through the San Joaquin Valley’s agricultural fields, trips that introduce the audience to the world of migrant work and highlight immense injustices through the stories of young and motivated migrant workers who share sentiments of feeling unwelcome but are determined to overcome their outsider status.

Speakers: Laurie Coyle, filmmaker; Aria Zapata, filmmaker

Thursday, April 25

6:30 pm • Cabrillo College Forum 450, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos

PARIS TO PITTSBURGH
Trailer for Paris To Pittsburgh

(Sidney Beaumont & Michael Bonfiglio, 2018, 78 min, USA)

From coastal cities to the U.S. heartland, the film celebrates how citizens are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.  And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.

Speakers: John Laird, former CA Secretary of Natural Resources; Zach Friend, Santa Cruz County Supervisor; Nancy Faulstich, Director of Regeneración–Pájaro Valley Climate Action

Note: no admission charged at this event

Friday, April 26

7 pm • Cabrillo College Watsonville Forum, 318 Union St, Watsonville

Women In The Labor Movement

ADIOS AMOR: The Search for María Moreno
Trailer for Adios Amor

(Laurie Coyle, 2017, 58 min, USA)

The discovery of lost photographs sparked the search for a hero that history forgot—Maria Moreno, a migrant mother driven to speak out by her twelve children's hunger. She was the first farmworker woman in the U.S. to be hired as a union organizer years before César Chávez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers. María picked up the only weapon she had—her voice—and became an outspoken leader in an era when women were relegated to the background.

TALKIN’ UNION
Watch Talkin’ Union"

(People’s History in Texas, 1977, 60 min, USA)

An oral history film about four Texas women and their union organizing activities in the years 1930 through 1960. The women participated in strikes by the Pecan Shellers and the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union.

Speakers: Laurie Coyle, filmmaker; Nelly Vaquera-Boggs, PVFT President

Friday, April 26

7 pm • Wisdom Center Santa Cruz, 740 Front Street, The Galleria Suite 155, Santa Cruz

FIERCE LIGHT
Trailer for Fierce Light

(Velcrow Ripper, 2008, 90 min, Global)

Fueled by the belief that another world is possible, the filmmaker takes us on an inspiring journey into what Martin Luther King called Love in Action, and Gandhi called Soul Force; here it’s called Fierce Light.

Saturday, April 27

7 pm • Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

THE JUDGE
Trailer for The Judge

(Erika Cohn, 2017, 87 min, West Bank)

The Muslim Shari’a courts in the Middle East had never appointed a women to the position of judge until Kholoud Al-Faqih came along. The groundbreaking Palestinian lawyer, who became the first Arab woman judge in 2009, tells her story in this documentary filmed in the Palestinian territories. The film showcases Faqih’s tireless fight for justice for women, while addressing universal domestic conflicts including child custody, divorce, and spousal abuse. Her challenges are both personal and political as she comes up against influential Arabic customs and Islamic religious traditions that defer to men. “If I can't achieve justice for myself, I can’t achieve justice for others,” she says in the film.

Panel: Courtney Mangus, program director for San Francisco Bay Area Council on American Islamic Relations, and local Muslim women: commentary on justice and equality for women in the Muslim world

Sunday, April 28

7 pm • Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

Workers Memorial Day
20th Anniversary of the Battle in Seattle

THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE
Trailer for This Is What Democracy Looks Like

(Richard Rowley & Jill Friedberg, 2000, 69 min, USA)

Compiled from footage shot by 100 amateur video-journalists who documented the story largely ignored by mainstream media of diverse activists—peaceniks, tree-huggers, and rank-and-file trade unionists—who descended on the site of the 1999 World Trade Organization summit to disrupt the proceedings of this unaccountable and anti-democratic trans-national corporate elite body.

AWAKEN

(Plumbers Local 393, 2000, 30min, USA)

San Francisco Bay Area Plumbers Union sent a contingent of members to the 1999 WTO protest in Seattle.

Panel of WTO protest veterans

Monday, April 29

7 pm • Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

Immigrants Organizing

THE HAND THAT FEEDS
Trailer for The Hand That Feeds

(Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick, 2015, 83 min, USA)

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York's Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers organize an independent union to address sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Risking deportation, the workers picket the store and survive a lockout with community support.

Speaker: Hector Azpilcueta, Secretary/Treasurer, UNITE HERE Local 483 (invited)

Tuesday, April 30

7 pm • Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

Healthcare Workers Organizing

NUHW: STANDING UP FOR PATIENTS AND WORKERS

(National Union of Healthcare Workers, 2019, 45 min, USA)

California’s mental health system is in crisis, and healthcare workers are fighting back. A series of short films highlight the efforts of workers in Santa Cruz and across California to organize for living wages and reasonable working conditions. The flashpoint of the struggle is Janus of Santa Cruz, the county’s largest drug rehabilitation center, where clients’ treatment suffers because workers are paid barely above minimum wage and struggle to make ends meet.

Panel of mental health workers from Janus of Santa Cruz

Wedneday, May 1

7 pm • Del Mar Theatre, 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

International Workers Day

THE LONG SHADOW
Trailer for The Long Shadow

(Frances Causey, 2019, 87 min, USA)

Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and destructive as racism. In this powerful documentary, the filmmakers, both privileged daughters of the South who were haunted by their families’ slave-owning pasts, passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how America—guided by the South’s powerful political influence—steadily, deliberately, and at times secretly, established white privilege in our institutions, laws, culture, and economy.

Speaker: Frances Causey, filmmaker

Thursday, May 2

7 pm • Resource Center For Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

THE LONG RIDE
Trailer for The Long Ride

(Valerie Lapin Ganley, 2018, USA)

The historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride sparked the birth of the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers in the United States. Alarmed by the increase in immigration raids, deportations, family separation, and attacks on workers’ rights, more than 900 immigrants and allies traveled across the U.S. to focus public attention on the plight of immigrant workers and to call for reform of the broken immigration system.

Speakers: Valerie Lapin Ganley, filmmaker; Julius de Vera, Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride organizer

Musical Performance: Santa Cruz Peace Chorale, directed by Aileen Vance

Friday, May 3

7 pm • London Nelson Community Center Auditorium, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz

Medicare For All

HEALTHCARE IN MONTEREY COUNTY

(Morgan Schmidt-Feng, 2019, 12 min, Monterey County)

How community groups organized to create a healthcare program for undocumented residents in Salinas.

ORGANIZING JANUS OF SANTA CRUZ

(NUHW, 2019, 2min, Santa Cruz)

Testimony of Janus mental health workers to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors as part of the union’s first bargaining campaign.

POWER TO HEAL: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution
Trailer for Power to Heal

(Anna Reid Jhirad, 2018, 56 min, USA)

How black health professionals and their allies caused a new national program—Medicare—to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort in 1965 that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months.

Speakers: John Laird, former CA Secretary of Natural Resources; Sally Gwin-Satterlee, healthcare organizer, Jennifer Holm, nursing instructor

Saturday, May 4

7 pm • Resource Center For Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

DON’T GIVE UP YOUR VOICE
Trailer for Don’t Give Up Your Voice

(Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin, 2018, 40 min, Argentina)

Argentina elected its Trump, Mauricio Macri, a year before we elected ours. The two former business associates’ style and policies are eerily similar. But Argentines are resilient and they have fought right wing governments before. Creative resistance to Macri’s policies from people in diverse sectors including organized labor, worker coops, and the arts offer inspiring examples of the power of collective action for us in the North.

Speakers: Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin, filmmakers

Panel of local worker/owners: Putting Democracy to Work

MONTEREY COUNTY EVENTS

Tuesday, April 23

7 pm • Osio Theater, 350 Alvarado St, Monterey

PARIS TO PITTSBURGH
Trailer for Paris to Pittsburgh

(Sidney Beaumont & Michael Bonfiglio, 2018, 78 min, USA)

From coastal cities to the U.S. heartland, the film celebrates how citizens are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.  And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren't waiting on Washington to act.

Speaker: Lacey Raak, Director of Sustainability at CSUMB

Tuesday, April 30

7 pm • Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea

THE LONG SHADOW
Trailer for The Long Shadow

(Frances Causey, 2019, 87 min, USA)

Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and destructive as racism. In this powerful documentary, the filmmakers, both privileged daughters of the South, who were haunted by their families’ slave-owning pasts, passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how America—guided by the South's powerful political influence—steadily, deliberately and at times secretly, established white privilege in our institutions, laws, culture and economy.

Speaker: Frances Causey, filmmaker

Thursday, May 2

10 am • CSUMB Building 47 Room H104, 5283 Sixth Ave, Seaside

Sweat, Solidarity and Service

KNIFE SKILLS
Trailer for Knife Skills

(Thomas Lennon, 2018, 40 min, USA)

Documentary of the launch of Edwins, a world-class French restaurant in Cleveland where most of the staff are just out of prison. The film elevates issues of reentry and recidivism to raise awareness and inspire action, for communities and business owners around the country to embrace “second-chance employment” efforts for the formerly incarcerated. Academy Award nominated.

CON O SIN PAPELES (With or Without Papers)
Trailer for Con o Sin Papeles

(Aria Zapata, 2018, 20 min, USA)

Juan and Keyli are young and motivated immigrant workers facing the world of migrant work and immense injustices in the San Joaquin Valley. Tactics of exploitation and abuse are enacted upon a new generation of workers, however labor rights activist Luis Magaña’s work sparks hope and instills courage

HEALTHCARE IN MONTEREY COUNTY

(Morgan Schmitt-Feng, 2019, 12 min, USA)

Workers who harvest the food we eat are challenged with the lack of access to healthcare. Labor and community groups organize to create a healthcare program for undocumented residents in East Salinas.

Speakers: Angie Tran, Professor of political economy at CSUMB; Aria Zapata, filmmaker

Thursday, May 2

2 pm • CSUMB Building 82 Room B116, 2081 Inter-Garrison Rd, Marina

Global Economics

DON’T GIVE UP YOUR VOICE
Trailer for Don’t Give Up Your Voice

(Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin, 2018, 41 min, Argentina)

Argentina elected president Macri a year before we elected Trump. The two presidents are quite similar in their election campaigns and the policies they promoted once in office. But Argentines are resilient; they have fought right wing governments before. Their creative resistance to Macri’s policies, from organized labor, worker co-ops, the arts, offers ideas and inspiration for us in the North.

NAE PASARAN
Trailer for Nae Pasaran

(Felipe Bustos Sierra, 2014, 14 min, Scotland)

The impact Scottish factory workers had on Pinochet’s dictatorship when they refused to repair and return Chilean Air Force Hawker Hunter jet engines sent for maintenance to their factory in East Kilbride, Scotland.

FEDERAL WORKERS SHUTDOWN THE SHUTDOWN
Watch Shut Down the Shut Down

(Labor Beat, 2019, 15 min, USA)

On Jan 24, 2019, furloughed workers from various federal agencies and their supporters rallied in the bitter cold at Chicago's Federal Plaza to end to the government shutdown, then in its 34th day. The next day, Trump suddenly announced he would sign a stop gap measure that did NOT include funding for a wall. Did their action help break Trump’s resolve?

Speakers: Angie Tran, Professor of political economy at CSUMB; Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin, filmmakers

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