Rochester Labor Film Series, N.Y.


George Eastman House and the Rochester Labor Council present The Hand that Feeds

Friday, September 4, 8 pm
Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

At a popular bakery-café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back. Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one rollercoaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again.

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The 26th Annual Labor Film Series is a collaboration sustained since 1989 between the George Eastman House and the Rochester Labor Council. On Fridays throughout September and October, we’ll offer a selection of films with a global reach that deal with significant issues relating to work and workers. This year’s program is diverse in tone and subject, ranging from dramas to comedies to up-to-the-minute documentaries that cover the worlds of firemen, hospitals, globalization, sales, service, and more.

September 04, 2015 at 8pm
The Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House
900 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
United States
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