There are a few spaces left in today's Teamsters History Tour, and we have some free passes -- email [email protected] -- for tonight's gripping film The Measure of a Man at the AFI, in which an unemployed everyman must submit to a series of quietly humiliating ordeals in his search for work. Directed by Stéphane Brizé, this 2015 film pushes the viewer to critique the realities of our new economic order and labor system.
Teamsters History Tour: Wed, May 24, 12p
The Measure of a Man: Wed, May 24, 7:15p
Revolution: New Art For A New World: Thu, May 25, 8p
Death by Design: The Dirty Secret of Our Digital Addiction: Fri, May 26, 12p
Teamsters History Tour (LaborFest History)
Wed, May 24, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Teamsters, 25 Louisiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
FREE; RSVP online here
Find out how the horses on the Teamster logo got their names and lots of other fascinating Teamster labor history at this guided tour of the historical exhibits at the Teamsters headquarters building. Teamster historian Karin Jones leads the tour.
The Measure of a Man (LaborFest Film)
Wed, May 24, 7:15pm
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
For tickets click here
Vincent Lindon gives his finest performance to date as unemployed everyman Thierry, who must submit to a series of quietly humiliating ordeals in his search for work. Futile retraining courses that lead to dead ends, interviews via Skype, an interview-coaching workshop critique of his self-presentation by fellow job seekers; all are mechanisms that seek to break him down and strip him of identity and self-respect in the name of reengineering of a workforce. Directed by Stéphane Brizé, this 2015 film pushes the viewer to critique the realities of our new economic order and labor system.
La Loi du marché, Stéphane Brizé, France 2015, 93 min., DCP, French w/subtitles
Revolution: New Art For A New World (LaborFest Film)
Thu, May 25, 8pm – 10pm
Old Greenbelt Theatre, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD 20770; Tickets
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Margy Kinmonth, Revolution: New Art For A New World is a bold and exciting feature documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde. Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators and performers and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, the film brings the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde to life. Some of the works of art have been locked away for many years, so the documentary provides an exclusive look at works of Russian Avant-Garde art that many have never seen.
Death by Design: The Dirty Secret of Our Digital Addiction (LaborFest Film)
Fri, May 26, 12pm – 1pm
AFL-CIO, 815 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
FREE; RSVP online here
Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.
But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.
Introduced by Cathy Feingold, International Director at the AFL-CIO, with Q&A after the film with special guests.