Hello all, we are pleased to announce our 2021 line-up.
After months of viewing films from all over the world, we’ve reached our decision and present this wonderful line-up.
We hope you enjoy!
A Highrise Laundry Room
English - 22:00 mins
Within the laundry room's common space, six housekeepers gradually share their own highly personal stories.
French - 15:00 mins
A teacher kills herself a few weeks before high school diploma exams and her colleagues go on a strike. (Trigger Warning. Content may be disturbing to some audience members)
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win - The life and politics of Jack Mundey
English - 31:30 mins
In the 1970’s Jack Mundey led the Builders Labourers Federation (BLF) in Australia with a combination of strikes, direct action and negotiation. They had many wins saving urban bushland, low-cost housing and heritage buildings.
Do Nothing And Do It Well
Chinese, English - 50 mins
The true story of Melbourne’s radical Chinese cabinetmakers whose militant union defied racial stereotypes and struck fear into the White Australian establishment.
I Stand For Us
English - 21:40 mins
A social realist drama. When hotel cleaners are faced with unfair working conditions, Naomi works to unite the team in solidarity against destructive zero hour contracts.
Justice & Dignity for All: Stories From the Struggle for Pay Equity
English, French - 33:52 mins
For decades the sisters and brothers who delivered the mail in rural and suburban Canada were forced to work without any benefits — just like gig-workers today. No sick leave; no maternity leave; no holiday pay. They made less than minimum wage. The vast majority of them were women.
English, Portuguese - 14:00 mins
An immigrant housekeeper works to provide for her son back home in Portugal. When she is accused of stealing from a client, she fears that what she’s been working towards will all come crashing down.
Migranta con M de mamá
Spanish - 24:58 mins
Three migrant women in Canada under the Agricultural Worker Program open their hearts to let us delve into the complex world of maternity from afar. Being women and originating from rural communities, they put at risk their emotional stability and their children’s.
Other - 6:21 mins
‘CHAKKI’ ('MIXI' in English/ 'MIXEUR' in french) is an UNRELEASED film entirely made using ‘SEEDS’. Real PULSES & GRAMS & SPROUTS were used in motion to create scenarios as a metaphorical representation of GROWTH & FUTURE of a nation and shows the ‘DARK REALITY’ behind your favourite DISH.
One Million Trees
English, French - 43:54 mins
Every spring, thousands of Canadians leave the comfort of their homes to live rough in remote bush camps planting hundreds of millions of trees collectively. This is their journey.
People Show 138: Last Day
English - 15:00 mins
A short dreamlike drama about power, loss and loyalty. People Show 138: Last Day, follows HR manager Sidney, who after thirty years of working at an industrial sock factory faces a challenging dilemma that could affect the livelihood of his employees.
English - 10:24 mins
Salvage questions the allure of old objects by reimagining obsolete tools as reliquaries haunted by the souls of disgruntled workers who resent their new jobs. This hybrid intersectional documentary uses magic realism to critique the inequities of gender, ethnicity, and class that underpin consumer capitalism.
Street Traders On the Move
English, Xhosa, Zulu - 23:59 mins
On March 27th 2020, street vendors and market traders in South Africa were banned from operating under the country’s first COVID-19 lockdown. While restrictions were lifted, traders have struggled to resume work that was precarious long before the lockdown.
The Invisible Monster
Tagalog - 29:00 mins
Aminodin's father always smiles because he says "happy people live longer". That's why, at eight years old, Aminodin puts his best smile while working at the Papandayan dump, where he lives with his family. Her cousin Aliman, on the other hand, lost his when bombs started falling from the sky in the city of Marawi.
TREATY WALK - A Journey for Common Ground
English - 14:40 mins
The film follows a group of Indigenous elders, Healthcare Workers, and others as they embark on a two week long walking journey from Edmonton, Alberta/Treaty 6 Territory to Calgary, Alberta/Treaty 7 Territory to explore together what it means to be treaty people, working and living on common ground.
Women of Steel
English, Turkish - 56:00 mins
Denied jobs at the steelworks, Wollongong, New South Wales's main employer, working class/migrant women refused discrimination. Their 14-year campaign for the right to work pitted them against BHP, the richest and most powerful company in Australia.