[act-ma] Two Upcoming Documentaries Related to Labor Activism

gen at lef-foundation.org gen at lef-foundation.org
Wed Nov 15 11:22:01 PST 2017


Dear ACT-MA colleagues, 
 
I'm writing to share news of two upcoming documentary screenings related to labor activism. Please share widely with those interested in the cross-cultural and historical contexts of activism for workers' rights.
 
Friday, November 17 at 6pm - WE THE WORKERS (2017, 173 minutes, Mandarin with English Subtitles). Director Wen Hai will attend in person for discussion. FREE and open to the public. 
 
 Location: Harvard CGIS South Building - Belfer Case Study Room
 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
 Map: [ http://bit.ly/2ymaCn4 ]( https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2ymaCn4&h=ATNiRYEc5ThiVhK0Bs6HrC9FgCyVnyIYEMCVNv99G06yoLAkvH6BoOxY0C7vRbNvZ8tb0uPr5ZMx4h56st6P8E8zs5Yri1UEol9D2iLtUOh-Lnn9ksByevdMgsWqJWr4fPsLqrRYxuzDBIWvowcWzvsawKH4CBDqUW19S5JRHVJ38U0-cTvvd8jlXzI )
 
 Shot over a six-year period (2009-15) mainly in the industrial heartland of south China, this film primarily follows labor activists Peng Jiayong and Deng Xiaoming as they find common ground with workers, helping them to negotiate with local officials and factory owners over wages and working conditions.
 
 Threats, attacks, detention and boredom become part of their daily lives as they struggle to strengthen worker solidarity in the face of pressure from police and their employers. In the process, we see in their words and actions the emergence of a nascent working class consciousness and labor movement in China.
 
Presented by Crows & Sparrows and the Emergent Visions Film Series of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. 
 
Admission: Free and open to the public
Event link: [ https://crowsandsparrows.com/screenings/november-17-2017-we-the-workers/ ]( https://crowsandsparrows.com/screenings/november-17-2017-we-the-workers/ ) 
Facebook event: [ https://www.facebook.com/events/1844039459154288/ ]( https://www.facebook.com/events/1844039459154288/ )
 
Monday, November 20 at 7pm - ACTS & INTERMISSIONS: EMMA GOLDMAN IN AMERICA 
(2017, 57 minutes, USA, color/black & white). Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Abigail Child. 
 
 
Location: Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
“An hour-long collage essay, charging the discussion with her enlightened aesthetic of poetry, the archive, and experimental montage. As the Most Dangerous Woman Alive, Goldman’s life is seen as an ongoing negotiation of revolutionary purity and personal freedom, a complexity that Child mirrors in her own formal strategies. She layers multiple fragments of Emma’s liberatory legacy—from archive, from reenactment and from observational cinema—her speculative play with the revolutionary ideas extending to the present moment of feminist revolt!” - Craig Baldwin

 
Presented by The DocYard
 
Admission: $12 for adults / $10 for students and seniors
Event link: [ http://thedocyard.com/2017/08/acts-and-intermissions/ ]( http://thedocyard.com/2017/08/acts-and-intermissions/ )
Facebook event: [ https://www.facebook.com/events/123542028339519/ ]( https://www.facebook.com/events/123542028339519/ ) 


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