05 November, 2010

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) kicks off Labour Film month this November. Free films will be screened in over 50 locations across Canada about workers and the conditions under which they live and work.

Twenty-two Canadian and international films have been selected for this second annual not-for profit festival from the dozens submitted. Nine are Canadian, four American, two British, and one each from Australia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Turkey and the Netherlands. CLiFF continues to partner with the National Film Board (NFB), recognizing the valuable contributions to labour films made by the NFB over the decades.

“CLiFF hopes to bring about social awareness and action by bringing the issues that matter to workers to a broader audience, helping to stir up positive change in Canada,” said Frank Saptel, Festival Founder.

Canadian highlights:
The Curious Case of the Missing Recovery
“Stanfordo” tries to find out how the federal government and Bank of Canada can proclaim an economic recovery when hundreds of thousands of workers are still jobless.
The Nanny Business
The stories of nannies brave enough to go public about their experiences in the hope of forcing change.

International highlights:
A documentary about African immigrants coming to work in Europe – if they make it.
Angadi Theru
A milestone in Tamil cinema about working conditions.
Schmatta: From Riches to Rags
The vibrant history of the garment district, the former soul of Midtown Manhattan, which is now in danger of disappearing.

Check to find a screening near you.

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For information contact:
Michele Jeyakumar, Communications
(416) 970-2543