Tonight's LaborFest film, Native Land (7p at AFI), echoes today's depictions of capitalism’s war on the common man, and is narrated by Paul Robeson. We have a limited number of free passes available: email [email protected].
We've also just posted a bunch of great LaborFest content, including reports on the "Hidden story behind DC United's Union Night" and "Williams and Workers 'Dig' LaborFest Event" (right) and you can also download a full-color PDF of the 2017 LaborFest guide.
Also now posted are Facebook photo albums for the May 16 John Sayles appearance (left) and the May 1 DC LaborFest Launch as well as the May 18 Labor 411 Union Beer and Whiskey Tasting. You can also check out our YouTube playlist of previews of the entire 2017 DC Labor FilmFest.
photos by Saul Schniderman (right) and Bruce Guthrie (left)
Labor Film Poster exhibit: Daily, 8am – 5pm
Native Land: Mon, May 22, 7:15pm
Images of Labor in The National Gallery of Art (SOLD OUT): Tue, May 23, 1p
Magpie: Tue, May 23, 5p
Native Land (LaborFest Film)
Mon, May 22, 7:15pm – 10:00pm
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Narrated by Paul Robeson, Native Land employs a cast of familiar character actors in a story of how certain enemies within the US have done their best to suppress their fellow citizens' rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and freedom from want. This 1942 film directed by Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand, echoes today's depictions of capitalism’s war on the common man.
Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand, US, 1942, 89 min.
Magpie (LaborFest Music)
Tue, May 23, 5pm – 8pm
Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St, Washington DC 20012 (map)
FREE but you must RSVP online here
THIS JUST IN: this year's performance will also be the official release of Magpie's new CD “When We Stand Together.”
MAGPIE’s Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner return to the LaborFest for the second straight year. They’ll be singing selections from their new CD, "When We Stand Together: Songs of Joe Hill, the IWW, and Fellow Workers." Terry and Greg have been singing about unions and workers for their entire career. Pete Seeger called them “…more links in the chain,” dedicating their lives and music to leaving this world a better place. From Joe Hill and the Wobblies to the miners of Appalachia to Pete Seeger, Joe Glazer, and contemporary songs by themselves and fellow writers, Greg and Terry cover more than a century of labor song with power and authenticity.