Since 1989, this annual collaboration between the Rochester Labor Council and the George Eastman Museum has brought films with socially relevant themes to the Dryden screen. From global trends to local impact, the series has featured more than three hundred films through its thirty-year history. This 31st edition will be a “Best of the Fest,” highlighting some of the most powerful films featured in past editions, including two from the very first series. Several are iconic labor films that define the genre, while others explore the persecution of immigrant and marginalized workers. Featuring films from the last eighty years of cinema, the series shows that the struggle of labor is an ever-present and continuing effort.
Events in this Series
Labor Film Series Intending to cover struggles in the labor movement—and in the United Mine Workers of America in particular—filmmaker Barbara Kopple was on hand to capture the Brookside miners’ strike in 1973. Kopple and her crew were able to gain unprecedented access to the front lines of a labor standoff.
Labor Film Series Based on an actual event in 2004, this controversial film looks at the plight of minimum wage workers and their susceptibility to manipulation. A fast food restaurant receives a call from someone claiming to be a police officer investigating theft at the restaurant.