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Labor Film Series

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

Friday, September 24, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Harlan County, U.S.A.

Dryden Theatre

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.

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Friday, October 1, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Black Girl

Dryden Theatre

Labor Film Series One of cinema’s landmark works, Black Girl is the first African feature-length film produced and directed by an African filmmaker and the first to be widely seen by Western audiences.

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Friday, October 8, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Norma Rae

Dryden Theatre

Labor Film Series Deservedly taking home the Best Actress Oscar, Sally Field shines in a brilliant turn as a complex young woman worker in a southern textile plant.

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Friday, October 15, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Sacco e Vanzetti

Dryden Theatre

Labor Film Series Based on the true story of one of the most notorious trials in American judicial history, this retelling is a classic not only of labor films, but of Italian cinema.

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Friday, October 22, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Compliance

Dryden Theatre

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.

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Saturday, October 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Sleep Dealer

Dryden Theatre

Labor Film Series In a near future of airtight international borders and militarized corporate warriors, an underground class of workers plug their nervous systems into a global computer network, becoming “cybraceros,” who manipulate robots from a distance.

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