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24 CITY
24 CITY

Asian Studies  Anthropology  Labor Studies  Cinema Studies  Political Science  2009 

The conversion of a state-owned munitions factory into luxury high-rise apartments allows for an acute appreciation of Socialism's impact on the Chinese people and the complex social changes transforming the country in this masterful new documentary from Jia Zhang-ke.

WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA
WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA

Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Literature  Sociology  2009  Directed by Women 

Don Quixote, Les Misérables, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The practice of reading classic works of literature to workers at cigar factories dates back to the mid-1800s. With a Stroke of the Chaveta explores this rich tradition that continues to flourish in Cuba.

THE BATTLE OF LOCAL 5668
THE BATTLE OF LOCAL 5668

American Studies  Media Studies  Labor Studies  2008 

How a small labor dispute at the Ravenswood Aluminum Plant in Ravenswood, West Virginia erupted into a national boycott and media campaign that changed the way unions deal with management.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS
STRAWBERRY FIELDS

Economics  Environmental Studies  Labor Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Political Science  Peace & Conflict  2008  Directed by Women 

Planted in Israel, harvested in Gaza, and exported to gourmet markets across Europe, the Gazan strawberry is the only product sold abroad as Palestinian produce. The amazing story of this little red fruit is a study in globalization and politics that offers a fresh perspective on the current Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE
JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE

Asian Studies  Anthropology  Labor Studies  Cultural Studies  Children & Young Adult  Directed by Women 

The journey of a young boy, hired to carry a red Coca-Cola fridge across the Himalayan Mountains, is an acute portrait of child labor in the developing world. This unusually beautiful and moving documentary is supported by the Global Fund for Children.

PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND
PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND

American Studies  American History  Cinema Studies  Labor Studies  Political Science  2008 

An epic, visual meditation on the progressive history of the United States, from colonial times to the present, as seen through its cemeteries, historical plaques and markers. 2008 National Society of Film Critics Award winner.

LADIES OF THE LAND
LADIES OF THE LAND

Business  American Studies  Economics  Environmental Studies  Health  Labor Studies  Women's Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

As small farms continue to disappear at an alarming rate, a growing number of women are venturing into this tradition-bound, male-dominated industry - and revitalizing it from within. Ladies of the Land explores the recent emergence of the woman farmer and its connection to the boom in organic agriculture.

COCALERO
COCALERO

Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  2007 

In 2006, Evo Morales became the first indigenous president of Bolivia - winning the election with the largest majority in the country's history. Hailed as "outstanding" by the New York Times, Cocalero is a captivating portrait of this controversial figure and his astonishing rise to power.

CALCUTTA CALLING
CALCUTTA CALLING

Labor Studies  Economics  Asian Studies  Cultural Studies  2007 

Business Process Outsourcing is the fastest growing industry in the world. In India, over 350,000 people are currently working in call centers. Vikeeh Uppal, or "Ethan Reed," is one of them. You may have already spoken with him.

FACTORY (Russia In Transition, Vol. 1)
FACTORY (Russia In Transition, Vol. 1)

Cinema Studies  Eastern Europe  Russia  Labor Studies 

A meticulous study of a steel and clay factory in the Urals, Sergei Loznitsa’s Factory is an artfully composed meditation on man and machine.

BULLSHIT
BULLSHIT

Women's Studies  Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Environmental Studies  Economics  Biology  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Her opponents gave her the "Bullshit Award" for sustaining global poverty. Time magazine hailed her as one of the great heroes of our time. She is Vandana Shiva and this is a film about globalization, genetic engineering, bio-piracy, food and water.

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THE INHERITANCE (narrative)

Labor Studies  Europe  Cinema Studies  Business  Narrative Films 

Selected by Time Magazine as one of the ten top films of 2004, Per Fly’s The Inheritance is a powerful and timely drama about a man torn between family and business.

SHIPBREAKERS
SHIPBREAKERS

Sociology  Labor Studies  Health  Environmental Studies  Economics  Asian Studies 

Welcome to Alang , India, the site of a gargantuan scrap yard where oceangoing ships come to die. Forty thousand Indians live and work here, dismembering and scavenging the hulks of 400 vessels every year.

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STITCHING OUR FUTURE

Women's Studies  Sociology  Latino Studies  Labor Studies  Art History  Directed by Women 

This poignant and inspiring documentary tells the story of Coopa-Roca, a cooperative of seamstresses in a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro who, in an effort to provide an income for their families, design and manufacture women’s clothing and accessories.

SLAVE REPARATIONS
SLAVE REPARATIONS

Sociology  Labor Studies  Criminal & Law  American Studies  African-American Studies 

This documentary examines the current controversy over the issue of slave reparations, addressing the most often voiced objections ("It’s long over," "I had nothing to do with it," "Affirmative Action is enough," etc.) to the claim for financial restitution to the ancestors of slaves for the wealth created by black labor in previous centuries.

INNOVATING NICARAGUA
INNOVATING NICARAGUA

Economics  Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Spanish Language 

Shows how the Innovators Movement of the Sandinista Workers Union fabricated machine parts and other items to maintain the Nicaraguan economy during the U.S. economic blockade.

MADE ON RAILS: A HISTORY OF THE MEXICAN RAILROAD WORKERS
MADE ON RAILS: A HISTORY OF THE MEXICAN RAILROAD WORKERS

Chicano Studies  Labor Studies  Latino Studies  Sociology  Spanish Language 

Examines the history of one of Mexico's most combative unions, from the 1920s through the present day, through archival footage and interviews with surviving participants.

TWENTY YEARS LATER
TWENTY YEARS LATER

Labor Studies  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Political Science 

In the early Sixties, the Brazilian peasant leader, João Pedro Teixeira, was assasinated by two gunmen hired by local landowners. Teixeira's story was being filmed as a docu-drama when the 1964 military coup prevented the completion of the film. The entire crew was imprisoned and their equipment confiscated. Twenty years later, in a more democratic Brazil, director Eduardo Coutinho recovered his confiscated film and located the murdered peasant's widow and children. Coutinho's interviews with her and other families are interwoven with sequences from the original docu-drama to produce an unusually provocative historical film.

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STRONG ROOTS

Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Political Science  Sociology  Spanish Language  Directed by Women 

This video documents the struggles of peasants in the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil, which is engaged in a national political campaign to occupy and cultivate unused land.

GRASS WAR!: PEASANT STRUGGLE IN BRAZIL
GRASS WAR!: PEASANT STRUGGLE IN BRAZIL

Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Political Science  Sociology  Directed by Women 

In 1959, some 800 families resisted efforts to remove them from their remote farms. One peasant leader, Jofre Correa Netto, became known as the “Fidel Castro of Brazil,” and became the target of an assassination attempt.

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