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.