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July 2016

LaborFest Film Festival: Three Films

When: Friday, July 22 2016 @ 07:00 PM -
Where: San Jose Peace & Justice Center
48, S. 7th st.
San Jose, CA 95112
Description: 1. Limpiadores (Fernando Luis González Mitjáns, 2015, 39 min, UK) documents the life and struggles of invisible migrant workers that make sure offices and classrooms are clean and tidy before professors and students arrive for their morning classes at some of London’s most prestigious universities. Outsourced as cleaning staff, Latin American immigrants have suffered for years in the hands of profit-led outsourcing businesses and are confronted with discrimination, labor exploitation and social “invisibility”.
Trailer for Limpiadores: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sepvE_8loAM

2. Claiming Our Voice (21 minutes) shares the stories of Andolan, an organization founded and led by immigrant women low-wage workers as a means to support each other and collectively organize against exploitative work conditions. The film follows the women as they create, rehearse and refine acts for their first popular multi-lingual theater performance. Claiming Our Voice seeks to break community silence by allowing women to (literally) set the stage for how their stories will be told.
Trailer for Claiming our Voice: http://youtu.be/QExwTM8N6P8

3. Sramik Awaaz: Workers Voices (5 minutes; 2016) This excerpt of a longer piece that aims to highlight the organizing efforts in the garment industry in Bangladesh, efforts by workers to educate others on their trade union rights in developing female leadership in the union, as well as ways allies abroad can show solidarity.
More info. about the film: http://www.asamnews.com/2015/ 06/04/women-garment-workers- in-bangladesh-fight-to- improve-working-conditions/ http://www.india.com/ lifestyle/workers-voices- documentary-uses-personal- stories-to-highlight-womens- leadership-in-bangladeshi- garment-industry-2-353207/

Sponsored by LaborFest and San Jose Peace & Justice Center






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