CLiFF Festival-in-a-Box 2016

A Living Wage
0:20:00 (United States) Dan Albright, Andy Keyes – English
At the front lines of the struggle in Boston for a $15 minimum wage and union rights are Darius Cephas, a McDonald”™s fry cook, and Tiny Figueroa, barista at Dunkin”™ Donuts. Over the course of one year, A LIVING WAGE follows Tiny and Darius as they organize for economic justice, help build a major grassroots social movement and force local politicians into action.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/151856576
Website: http://www.alivingwagefilm.com
Documentary, Short, Student

Armenian Papers
0:06:33 (Belgium) Ornella Macchia – Armenian
“At the market of Yerevan, a merchant invites us to share his fruits and his history”. Accompanied by birds, we discover the life of this man full of the colours of Armenia…”
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/130663138
Website: http://www.studiotabassco.com/
Animation, Documentary, Short, Student

Baits and Hooks
0:09:50 (Switzerland) Luka Popadić – Serbian
Two fishing buddies, Big brother and some fish stew. BAITS AND HOOKS is a black comedy inspired by the style of the Czech New Wave about how two workers of an old factory face the transition from socialism to capitalism. A short and sweet film about friendship and cooking but also about a generation of workers who have to deal with the changed system.
Short Film

Batas
0:09:50 (Indonesia) Ervan Aditya – Indonesian
Adila is a young moslem girl. She and her sister is going to an interview in an excellent company in Jakarta. While her sister is being interviewed, she’s called by some of her relatives, one of them tells her that the company usually rejects girl that wears hijab. Adila gets nervous, she’s forced to choose between her beliefs and future job.
Short Film

I am
0:03:00 (France) Jacques Collin – French
This is a great day for Mr. Bartleby. This is the culmination of his career he will deliver a speech later to a major acquisition that has just finalized
Short Film

I am a Machine
0:06:00 (Canada) Pierre Luc Junet – English
Based on a poem of Morris Rosenfeld spoken in yiddish, a jewish textile worker in Montreal rediscovers the past of her community and the struggles of the jewish working class. If women give their effort, energy, time and life doing housework alone, is this not labour? This is free labour! We did not volunteer to do all the housework because of our gender; even if society teaches us that housework is a “woman’s responsibility”. Not anymore! Let’s use our hand not for cleaning, but raise it to say: “No free labour! Share responsibilities equally!”
Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student

My Awesome Sonorous Life
0:06:58 (Italy) Giordano Torreggiani
Lorenzo is a 85 years old on set sound recordist who has been recording and archiving all sorts of sound all his life: every now and then he loves listening back to them, remembering in this way, past moments. Lorenzo is looking for a sound, the very last sound that will complete his lifetime collection.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgKTOWyNwtY
Twitter @RetrovisoreFilm
Short Film

STRIKE 16
0:14:10 (Canada) Patricia Chong – English
In 1999, the part-time cashiers and clerks of the University of Toronto Bookstore unionized with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3261. 16 years ago, in the summer of 2000, these workers went on a 13-week strike for their first union contract. This is their story.
Documentary

Sunday
0:01:16 (Canada) Burçu Ozturk – English
A young couple on a typical Sunday. They both have jobs, work all week, and only have one day off – Sunday. But she does not get the day off! She still has to work: cooking, cleaning, washing, shopping….alone. The man does not. If women give their effort, energy, time and life doing housework alone, is this not labour? This is free labour! We did not volunteer to do all the housework because of our gender; even if society teaches us that housework is a “woman’s responsibility”. Not anymore! Let’s use our hand not for cleaning, but raise it to say: “No free labour! Share responsibilities equally!”
Short Film

The Age of Reason
0:16:07 (France) Mathilde Petit – French
In Pablo’s world, each citizen chooses his career at the age of seven with disastrous consequences for society. Pablo and his friends decide to take matters into their own hands.
Short Film

The Migrants- (Retirantes)
0:13:23 (Brazil) Maira Teixeira Coelho – Portuguese
“The short film The Migrants – Retirantes tells the story of a woman traveling through an arid, depopulated region, unable to feed her baby. It presents a dreamlike vision that uses the unique elements of the area where the film is set. A religious procession praying for help, children, local peasants and a group playing traditional music are some of the figures who appear in this sensitive, magical portrait of a suffering people and their difficulties and idiosyncrasies”
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/118376506
Animation, Experimental, Short

The Real Work
0:05:10 (United States) Jamie McCallum – English
The video essay interrogates the concept of “hard work” through interviews and a social experiment in which 15 people dig holes in a field during a tempestuous Vermont day.
Documentary, Short

They Call Us Maids – the Domestic Workers’ Story
0:07:00 (United Kingdom) Leeds Animation Workshop – English
The true story of today’s migrant domestic workers, women from the Philippines, Indonesia, North Africa and South-East Asia, who go abroad to support their families. Told in vivid, hand-painted animation.
Website: http://leedsanimation.org.uk/films/maids.html
Animation, Documentary, Short