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FREE SCREENING! Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Friday, October 11, AFL-CIO 12 noon (Free)
During his 60-year career as an activist, organizer and "troublemaker," Bayard Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the American civil rights movement. His passionate belief in Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence drew Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders to him in the 1940's and 50's; his practice of those beliefs drew the attention of the FBI and police. In 1963, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the March on Washington, the biggest protest America had ever seen. But his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background, marking him again and again as a "brother outsider." Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin combines rare archival footage — some of it never before broadcast in the U.S. — with provocative interviews to illuminate the life and work of a forgotten prophet of social change.
At junior high school I.S. 318 in Brooklyn, New York, it isn’t sports or music that reigns supreme among the students – it’s the game of chess.
GIDEON’S ARMY: Oct 13, 1:30p
In this smart, insightful documentary, filmmaker Dawn Porter sheds light on the plight of one of our country's most valuable and unsung warriors: the public defender.
BOOTS: Oct 12,
4:30p; Oct 17 5:15p
The inspiration for this year’s Tony-winning musical, this film is based on the true story of one British manufacturer to survive.
LIFE AND TIMES OF ROSIE THE
RIVETER: Oct 13, 12p
Documentary film by Connie Field about the American women who went to work during World War II to do "men's jobs".
Hosted by UnionPlus & Alliance for American Manufacturing
THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT: Oct 12, 11a; Oct 16, 6:30p
Alec Guinness is an inventor who discovers a fabric that can't wear out or soil, and dismayed garment manufacturers set out to buy or destroy his formula.
LUNCH: Oct 12,
Tells the story of “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” the iconic photograph taken during the construction of the GE Building that depicts eleven workmen taking their lunch break while casually perched along a steel girder, 850 feet above the ground. For decades, this image has captivated imaginations the world over. But who are these men? And where did they come from?
PIECE OF THE PIE: Oct
After losing her job at a local factory, a single mother enrolls in a housekeeper training program, soon landing work cleaning the Paris apartment of handsome but cocky power broker, who happens to be the same one responsible for the layoffs at her factory.
ORGANIZER: Oct 12,
3p; Oct 15, 5:15p
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, this film gives Marcello Mastroianni one of his best roles, as a late 19th century labor leader orchestrating a strike at a Turin textile plant.
PAINTERS: Oct 12, 1p
Will open viewers eyes to a trade that many are not even aware of. “a cautionary tale about the head-long rush into a technology-driven time and a meditation on what’s lost along the way. It is a reminder to look around and recognize the physical history in our presence every day."
Hosted by Painters District Council 51
WAITING ROOM: Oct 11,
The complexity of the nation’s public health care system is etched in intimate detail in this poignant vérité portrait of an American public hospital and the community of patients and caregivers that intersect with it.
Hosted by NNU & IAFF 36
THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR: Oct 13, 3:30p
Comedy demonstrates that people of different social classes, living under the same roof, can affect each other’s outlooks and lives.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Welcomes the 2012 DC Labor Film Festival:
"Art sometimes allows us a vantage point to see those sparks around us. And art can certainly bring alive the struggles of the past. By witnessing the stories of those struggles, we can learn from them. We can imagine similar transformations today..." said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaking in October 2012 at the opening of the DC Labor Film Festival in October 2012. Read Trumka's introduction to "We Are Wisconsin" or watch video of the intro above. Video shot/edited by Steve Zeltzer.
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2012 DC Labor FilmFest: Latest News
- DC Labor FilmFest Reaches Out (Union City, 8/3/2012)
- From the Picket Line to Online (Union City, 8/21/2012)
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