The 1992 film Fast Food Women has been nominated for consideration this year by the National Film Registry, which honors “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films” that are at least 10 years old at the time of their inclusion in the Registry. The selected films are “works of enduring significance to American Culture.” Click here to show your support for this labor film classic, written and directed by Anne Lewis. “It means a lot to me in all kinds of ways and I am proud about this nomination,” Lewis tells Union City. “But it also means that the film will be preserved. I do think Fast Food Women remains current in the lives of fast food workers.” Click below to read more.
Fast Food Women (1992), documents the lives of women working in four fast-food restaurants in Eastern Kentucky, with low wages and no benefits. Management is concerned with speedy production and good service and subjects the workers to a fast-paced and inconsistent scheduling that makes it hard to earn a living, much less support a family after their husbands lose their jobs in the coal mines. This documentary manages to capture the good-natured humor of these women through their long hours and financial concerns. Even with today’s advances through computerizing and standardizations, Fast Food Women reminds us that nothing much has changed in the fast food industry.