Once again, CLiFF, the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) is pleased to announce our Lunch Box Special for 2015. If you only have one hour, probably lunchtime, this is the package for you. The films run for almost a one-hour span. Show it in your lunchroom, boardroom, basement, or meeting room. You may even want to gather around the kitchen table!

Stay tuned and see you at the movies! Below are brief descriptions of each selected film:


Einen Koffer
Mexico, 6.50 Short (English) Directed by Sergio E. Aviles     
Reflections of a Mexican migrant to the US in the light of President Reagan’s “Tear down this wall” speech

From the Mouth of the Mariner
United Kingdom, 5.00 Documentary, Short, Student (Welsh) Directed by Josh Tilley
‘From the mouth of the Mariner’ is a glimpse into the life of an old Welsh sailor, and the rural Welsh landscape which he calls home.

Ice and Water
Canada, 9.00 Documentary, Short (English) Directed by Erik Hutt
Ice and Water follows 38-year-old Jamie Le Rose over the course of an average workday and examines how nearly 20 years of roofing has physically and mentally affected him. Jamie has matured and young dreams may become irrelevant when he seeks new means to support his family. Over the course of the film, Jamie shares life, work, and musical experiences and how the roof has altered his goals and ambitions.


Canada, 6.50 Drama (English) Directed by Jay Castro
Farmer Shel is a hopeless rice farmer who lives for his family, working tirelessly night and day to provide for them. One night, what Shel encounters may keep him from providing for them, perhaps for good.

Street Artist, The
Jordan, 7.00 Animation (No dialogue) Directed by Mahmoud Hindawi. 
This short film depicts an ageing artist who despite his incredible talent, is disillusioned and in need of inspiration.

Canada, 12.00  Drama  (French) Directed by Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Tala is a young Filipino domestic worker living with a bourgeois family on the north shore of Montreal. As she runs through her daily chores, dealing with the eccentricities of her employers, an unexpected phone call puts her at great risk of getting fired. Shot in a single long take and inspired by the current ‘Live-In Caregiver’ program of the Canadian federal government, Tala tells a story of subtle oppression and re-empowerment, asking whether or “subalterns” exist in modern Québec and Canada.

Tilco Striker
Canada, 3.00 Documentary, Short (English) Directed by Matthew Hayes
In the 1960s, women workers at a factory in Peterborough,Ontario went on strike – in the middle of winter. This is the story of the Tilco strikers and their effort to fight against a tyrannical employer.

Canada, 9.50 Short (Punjabi) Directed by Sumit Judge & Ralph Ortega
Vishal, a 22-year old international student, finds himself in a dingy, crowded suburban basement, trying to determine how he can balance work and school. Engrossed with his longing for home, and his inability to confess to his mother the hardships he suffers daily, Vishal is persuaded by his roommate Sourav to skip school and start work at an Indian restaurant. The chaos, and the workers remind of home, but also foreshadow what life can and probably will be for the next few years.