2007 Labor Film Special Events
All films shown at the Eastman House Dryden Theater, 900 East Avenue.
February 2 at 8 p.m., Saturday, February 3 at 5 p.m., Sunday, February 4 at 7 p.m.
BLACK GOLD (Mark & Nick
Francis, UK 2006, 78 min., Beta-SP projection).
This eye-opening new documentary may cause you tothink twice
before your next trip to Starbucks. By contrasting thriving coffee
shops in Europe and North America against devastatingly poor coffee
farms in Ethiopia, the filmmakers shed light on the unfair trade
and labor practices that have kept Africa mired in poverty for solong.
central figure is Tadesse Meskela, manager of a farmers’ cooperative.
He travels the world trying to negotiate fair prices
for his members and explain to Westerners that most of their coffee
dollar is going into the pockets of commodities traders and multi-national
Friday, March 23, 8 p.m.
Rochester Premiere! MAN PUSH CART (Ramin Bahrani,
US 2006, 87 min., 35mm).
A former Pakistani rock star Ahmad (Ahmad
Razvi) spends his days selling coffee and doughnuts
from a cart that he pushes and pulls through
Manhattan streets. We follow Ahmad as he works endless, physically
grueling hours, reflects on his estrangedfamily, and befriends a
young Spanish woman (Leticia Dolera) who works
at a newsstand. His travail — its
repetition and futility — transfigure Ahmed as a Sisyphus
in the global economy.
Friday, June 8, 8 p.m.
The Left Side of the Fridge (La Moité Gauche
Du Frigo, Philippe Falardeau, Canada 2000, 90 min.,
French with subtitles, 35mm).
Winner of the Best First Feature Film at the Toronto
Film Festival, this delightful pseudo-documentary
follows Montreal resident Christophe (Paul Ahmarani)
as he searches for a meaningful job while trying
to collect unemployment benefits denied to him
on a technicality. Meanwhile, his filmmaker roommate
receives more and more funds to complete the
documentary project that details Christophe’s increasingly desperate situation.
Funny and ironic, writer and director Falardeau artfully, cleverly,
and sometimes painfully illustrates how losing a
job can mean losing your social identity.
Friday, August 10, 8:00 pm
Sacco and Vanzetti (Giuliano Montaldo, Italy/France
1971, 120 min. English and Italian with subtitles).
Based on the true story of one of the most notorious
trials in American judicial history, this film
follows two Italian immigrants, admitted anarchists, through their
trial, conviction, and subsequent execution. With Gian Maria Volonte,
Riccardo Cucciolla, and Cyril Cusack. Score by Ennio Morricome, the “Ballad of Sacco
and Vanzetti” written and sung by Joan Baez.