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Labor Goes to the Movies Presents: Caché

Event Date: 
Fri, 12/11/2015 - 18:00

From its enigmatic first shot, Caché (Haneke, France/Austria, 2005) introduces the question of surveillance, as a bourgeois French family watches its own life being filmed. Over the course of this controversial film, the mysterious, impossible videotapes which arrive at their door trigger the revelations of a childhood injustice against an Algerian playmate of the protagonist. The repressed personal “memories” in fact parallel a real 1961 police massacre of Algerian immigrants in Paris.

Labor Goes to the Movies Presents Lives of Others—Fri.,Oct., 16

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/16/2015 - 18:00

The union’s film series explores the theme of "surveillance” on Fri., Oct 16 in the PSC Union Hall (61 Broadway, 16th floor) with a screening and discussion of Lives of Others (Germany, 2006). It is no surprise that this Oscar-winning film garnered numerous awards since its appearance in 2006 as the astounding first feature by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany, 2006). Set in the East German Democratic Republic in 1984, it accurately reprises the suspicion, surveillance, terror and despair engendered by 200,000 secret police (the Stasi) in service to the state’s hunt for its traitors, who might be your friend, employer, lover, mother… But it’s not a documentary—it’s a complex drama about how a successful playwright, his actress girlfriend and their Stasi investigator live out their life-and-death moral crises. The story is unpredictable, subtle, and extreme. Edward Snowden named it as one of his inspirations. Refreshments provided. $2 suggested donation. Doors open at 6 PM.

Location
PSC Union Hall
Address: 
61 Broadway, 16th Floor

Labor Goes to the Movies Presents Citizenfour

Event Date: 
Fri, 09/18/2015 - 18:00 to 21:00

The theme of this year's Labor Goes to to the Movies film series is "surveillance." We explore the theme Friday, September 18 in the PSC Union Hall (61 Broadway, 16th floor) with a screening and discussion of Citzenfour (Poitras, US, 2014). Refreshments provided. $2 suggested donation. Doors open at 6 PM.

Laura Poitras’s film documents the initial interviews Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill conducted with Edward J. Snowden in Hong Kong while US intelligence was hot on his trail, interviews that resulted in the publication of his world-shaking revelations about NSA spying. Citizenfour, released in 2014, is the winner of more than forty international awards including the 2015 Oscar for Best Documentary. A.O. Scott of the New York Times praised it as both “a primal political fable for the digital age” and “a tense and frightening thriller that blends the brisk globe-trotting of the ‘Bourne’ movies with the spooky, atmospheric effects of a Japanese horror film.”

Labor Goes to the Movies:Walkabout

Event Date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 18:00 to 20:30

The PSC will be unable to show The Road Warrior as part of this year’s Labor Goes to the Movies series. The following substitute film will be screened this Fri., Feb. 13 in the PSC Union Hall (61 Broadway, 16th floor):

Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971)
A journey into indigenous culture in Australia, where young men go through a "walkabout" as a rite of passage into adulthood. Two young Anglo siblings lost in the outback encounter a boy on walkabout. An intriguing look at the meeting of two cultures.

Carolyn Strachan, Hunter College, an Australian filmmaker, director of the acclaimed "Two Laws" will lead a discussion of the film.

Labor Goes to the Movies:Darwin's Nightmare

Event Date: 
Fri, 05/08/2015 - 18:00 to 21:00

This year’s Labor Goes to the Movies film series presents a group of films—documentary and fiction—that take the threat of apocalypse as their premise. The threat of global climate change has given apocalyptic scenarios more mainstream girth, but filmmakers have been documenting and imagining man-made end times for years. The featured films depict nuclear confrontation, resource wars, tampering with ecological balance, or nature’s metaphysical revenge. They are meant to stimulate discussion about options for future actions.

DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE(

(2004, Austria-France-Belgium-Germany,
Hubert Sauper)
This 2004 documentary, the first film by Hubert Sauper, explores the catastrophic ecological and economic consequences of the introduction by Europeans of the predatory Nile perch into Lake Victoria, Tanzania. The neocolonialist inequalities are compounded by the devastation of the lake ecosystem as well as the native fishing economy, even as the perch are commercially harvested for sale in European supermarkets. Other elements captured in the film include international gun-running and the scourge of AIDS. Nominated for an Academy Award, and the winner of numerous other awards, the film presents in stark images the nexus of military, economic, and ecological forces convulsing one African region.

Door opens at 6pm.A discussion will follow the film.Light refreshments provided.

Labor Goes to the Movies:Chinatown

Event Date: 
Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:00 to 21:00

This year’s Labor Goes to the Movies film series presents a group of films—documentary and fiction—that take the threat of apocalypse as their premise. The threat of global climate change has given apocalyptic scenarios more mainstream girth, but filmmakers have been documenting and imagining man-made end times for years. The featured films depict nuclear confrontation, resource wars, tampering with ecological balance, or nature’s metaphysical revenge. They are meant to stimulate discussion about options for future actions.

CHINATOWN

(1974, US, Roman Polanski)
One of the great US films of the second half of the 20th Century, Roman Polanski directed a Robert Towne film noir script, based on a true story, about ecological, financial and sexual crimes in Los Angeles during the 1930s. Though set in the 1930s, the film was far ahead of its time, tracing the perverse reverberations of the battle over water rights in California, with drowning in the midst of a drought, incest, voyeurism, and adultery, all generated by capitalist greed, and all ultimately obscured by the fog of orientalist projection. Nominated for 11 Oscars, including Director, Screenwriter, Actor (Jack Nicholson), and Actress (Faye Dunaway), with a spooky performance by Polanski.

Door open at 6pm.A discussion will follow the film.Light refreshments provided.

Labor Goes to the Movies:The Road Warrior

Event Date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 18:00 to 21:00

This year’s Labor Goes to the Movies film series presents a group of films—documentary and fiction—that take the threat of apocalypse as their premise. The threat of global climate change has given apocalyptic scenarios more mainstream girth, but filmmakers have been documenting and imagining man-made end times for years. The featured films depict nuclear confrontation, resource wars, tampering with ecological balance, or nature’s metaphysical revenge. They are meant to stimulate discussion about options for future actions.

THE ROAD WARRIOR

(1981, Australia, George Miller)
In keeping with the apocalyptic theme of the series, The Road Warrior packs a wallop as a vision of a postnuclear-holocaust world. A young Mel Gibson, in his pre-Hollywood days in Australia, finds refuge in an isolated collective protecting a lone oil refinery from a band of degenerate punk bikers. The self-sufficient Gibson must decide whether to join the community in its struggle to survive. In 1994, a bold heading in the Atlantic captured the fears and anxieties of the film as presentiments of our present: “As armed bands of stateless marauders clash with the private security forces of the elites, a preview of the first decades of the twenty-first century.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.

Labor Goes to the Movies: Our Daily Bread

Event Date: 
Fri, 03/13/2015 - 18:00 to 21:00

This year’s Labor Goes to the Movies film series presents a group of films—documentary and fiction—that take the threat of apocalypse as their premise. The threat of global climate change has given apocalyptic scenarios more mainstream girth, but filmmakers have been documenting and imagining man-made end times for years. The featured films depict nuclear confrontation, resource wars, tampering with ecological balance, or nature’s metaphysical revenge. They are meant to stimulate discussion about options for future actions.

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