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Labor Film Series 2019

For thirty years, the George Eastman Museum and the Rochester Labor Council have collaborated to present the Rochester Labor Film Series. Over the decades, this series has brought many labor issues to the fore through both classic cinema and new releases from around the world. In keeping with this tradition, the Dryden Theatre presents the film that inspired the series (The Killing Floor, Bill Duke, 1985) in tandem with classic and timely European releases that focus on unions, race, rural labor, and the inevitable bottom line and how it affects workers and labor relations the world over. Beginning in October when the Dryden reopens on October 11, and continuing into December, this series brings nine films together in an examination of the changing world of labor.

Organized by the George Eastman Museum and the Rochester Labor Council. Supported in part by the Ronald G. Pettengill Labor Education Fund.

Events in this Series

Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

The Killing Floor

Dryden Theatre

Labor Film Series. The film that inspired creation of the Rochester Labor Film Series in 1989, The Killing Floor recounts the true story of efforts to organize an interracial union of Chicago packing house workers during and after World War I.

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Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Dryden Theatre

Labor Film Series. Ermanno Olmi, one of Italy’s most prolific directors but underappreciated in the United States, reflects his deep understanding of the rhythms of life and labor of northern Italy’s peasants and his commitment to them.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

At War

Dryden Theatre

Labor Film Series | Rochester Premiere. Unlike labor films that depict class struggles on the shop floor or the picket line, At War shows the struggle waged at the bargaining table, involving management’s decision to close an auto parts plant despite wage concessions made by the workers to keep it open.

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