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America 1900(parts 3-4)
This program chronicles the forces of change which ultimately shaped the coming century. Part three and four examine the presidential campaign of Fall 1900, the 1900 Paris Exposition, the Boxer Rebellion in China, racism against Afro-Americans, the Galveston hurricane, labor unrest among coal miners resulting in the formation of the United Mine Workers Union, the developing music industry and popular culture at the turn of the century. 92 min. Video/C 5811

American Dream.
In this Academy Award winner for best documentary in 1991, the true-life story of a workers' strike against Geo. A. Hormel & Company in Austin, Minnesota is documented from beginning to end. When Geo. A. Hormel & Company made $2 million in profitsand then cut their worker's salaries by $2 an hour each, the workers had only one option: Go out on strike. Director, Barbara Kopple. c1992. 98 min. DVD 6527; vhs Video/C 2268


Academy Award - Documentary, Features
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
International Documentary Association
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Documentary, Feature
Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize, Documentary; Audience Award, Documentary; Filmmakers Trophy

American Industrial Ballads (Pete Seeger) [SOUND RECORDING]
Contents: Peg and awl -- The blind fiddler -- The buffalo skinners -- Eight-hour day -- Hard times in the mill -- Roll down the line -- Hayseed like me -- The farmer is the man -- Come all you hardy miners -- He lies in the American land -- Casey Jones -- Let them wear their watches fine -- Cotton mill colic -- Seven cent cotton and forty cent meat -- Mill mother's lament -- Fare ye well, old Ely Branch -- Beans, bacon, and gravy -- The death of Harry Simms -- Winnsboro Cotton Mill blues -- Ballad of Barney Graham -- My children are seven in number -- Raggedy -- Pittsburgh Town -- Sixty per cent. Sound/D 69

American Jobs
Independently produced and based on 80 hours of interviews, this documentary explores the impact of low-wage foreign competition on America's workers, families and communities. From the textile mills of North Carolina to the Softward hub of Seattle, displaced workers share their stories and their concern for America's future. Produced and directed by Greg Spotts. 2004. 62 min. DVD 3658

American Social History Project (Who Built America?)
Film series which explores the central role working men and women have played in the key events of American history. 30 min. each installment. 1987.

American Social History Project web site

The Big H. Part one in a film series which explores the central role working men and women have played in the key events of American history. The Big H ("H" for history) is an introduction to the history of working people and the difficulties of understanding the past. DVD X2343; vhs Video/C 5826

Tea Party Etiquette This film depicts Boston Tea Party and other events of the American Revolution from the perspective of Boston shoemaker George Hewes. Video/C 5827

Daughters of Free Men This film presents working conditions during the 1830's of young girls at the Merrimack Textile Mill in Lowell, Massachusetts. Also depicts a strike by the girls because of poor working conditions and wages. DVD X2342; vhs Video/C 5828

Doing as They Can. In this segment a fugitive woman slave describes her life, work, and day-to-day resistance on a North Carolina planation during the 1840s and 1850s. DVD X2340; vhs Video/C 5829

Five Points. This film examines New York City in the 1850s as seen through the conflicting perspectives of a native-born reformer and an immigrant Irish family. Video/C 5830

Dr. Toer's Amazing Magic Lantern Show This film examines the struggle to realize the promise of freedom in the years following the Civil War, as depicted by ex-slave J.W. Toer and his traveling picture show. The show featured music and stories of the black people before, during and after the Civil War. Especially focuses on the misrepresentation by the North of the former slaves and the progress of Reconstruction. DVD X2345; vhs Video/C 5831

1877, The Grand Army of Starvation This film examines the summer of 1877, in which eighty thousand railroad workers went on strike, and were joined by hundreds of thousands of other Americans. The Great Uprising inaugurated a new era of conflict over the meaning of equality in the industrial age. DVD X2344; vhs Video/C 5832

Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl In this film photographs, motion pictures and words derived from interviews, memoirs, newspapers and other sources are presented to show the life of immigrant shirtwaist makers in New York City during the first decade of the 20th century. The film illustrates their working conditions, the strike movement and their arrests. DVD X2336; vhs Video/C 5833

Up South: African-American Migration in the Era of the Great War This film chronicles the migration of 500,000 African-Americans from the South to cities in the North between 1916 and 1921. Mississippians chose Chicago as their destination in the great migration. Their story is told through the recollections of migrants themselves and through letters, oral histories, songs, photographs and art. DVD X2338; vhs Video/C 5834

Anarchism in America
Examines the development of anarchism in the United States, showing how anarchist thought from Russia and Europe fused with American nineteenth-century traditions of individualism. Includes archival footage of events in anarchist history and significant personalities including Sacco and Vanzetti, Emma Goldman, Kenneth Rexroth, Ursula LeGuin and Murray Bookchin. 1981. 75 min. DVD 6882

The Anarchist Guest: Emma Goldman
Depicts the life and philosopies of Emma Goldman, an anarchist nicknamed "Red Emma" for her radical political views. Follows her tumultuous life from Russia to the United States and her eventual deportation from the U.S. because of her politics. Traces Goldman's journey to the Canadian home where she found exile in her later years. Emma Goldman Papers, UC Berkeley, 2000. 42 min. Video/C 7932

At Home in Utopia
Focuses on the United Workers Cooperative Colony, aka the Coops, the most grass-roots and member-driven of the Jewish labor housing cooperatives, where many of the residents were Communists or sympathetic to the communist movement. Beginning as a stalwartly secular East European Jewish working class enclave, they were part of an international movement the power of which blows minds today. This film bears witness to lives lived with courage across the barriers of race, nation, language, convention, and sometimes even common sense. A film by Michal Goldman. Dist.: New Day Films. c2008. 133 min. DVD X1769

The Automobile Story (Made in America; 2)
Once it was the symbol of American industry, style, and leisure--until Toyota adapted American mass production methods to Japanese standards. Only now are embattled American auto makers trying to reverse history by using Japanese success strategy in planning, design, engineering, and manufacturing. 58 min. Video/C 2586

Beating the Bottom Line
The last in a four part documentary series focusing on the ways the 1990s economy impacts typical Americans. In this episode businesses on the verge of shutdown are rescued by creative partnerships enlisting management and labor. Practical lessons in innovative power-sharing arrangements are gleaned from such companies as Hathaway and Northwest Airlines. Experience from countries such as Holland and Canada point to new ways America can support its growing mass of temporary workers and use workers' pension funds to help both business and labor. 1998. 58 min. Video/C 5497

Belfast, Maine (2001)
Frederick Wisemen, one of the giants of American documentary filmmaking, spent a month in the fall of 1996 shooting footage of life in a small fishing-and-factory New England town. The city of Belfast, Maine has suffered an economic downturn in recent years, and the town is gearing up for a new business (a credit card collection facility) that it hopes will give the local economy a boost. In the meantime, the people of Belfast go on with their lives trapping lobsters, canning fish, teaching school, helping the poor and indigent, staging local plays and trying to make the most of their evenings and weekends. 100. c1999. 248 min. DVD X7229; Video/C MM508

Beyond Measure: Appalachian Culture and Economy.
Discusses the effect of coal and natural gas mining on the traditional Appalachian way of life and the environment. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 5289

Blood, Sweat & Lace.
Examination of the working conditions of Asian American women garment workers who sew piece work in Oakland, California. Focuses on attempts by the workers to extract back wages from Jessica McClintoch Corporation, designer/distributor of the fashions they sew, after their subcontractor declared bankruptcy. 1994. 18 min. DVD 1329; also VHS Video/C 3601

Blue Collar Capitalism.
Story of one of the largest worker-owned and operated businesses, the Vermont Asbestos Group, Inc. To avert its shutdown, the asbestos workers bought out their mine. The documentary explores the delicate transition from corporate to worker ownership. 1979?. 28 min. Video/C 130

In the town of Dante, VA, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, a young coal miner toils a mile underground. Despite the harsh working conditions, Lucas Chaffin takes fierce pride in doing the job once done by the man he loves more than anything, his father. Lucas' father [Luther Trenton Chaffin], nicknamed "Bonecrusher," was a strong, handsome man. Now he's withered and sick; coal dust has ravaged his lungs. As life slips away, his greatest concern isn't for himself; it is for Lucas' safety. Presents an intimate and moving account of the love between a father and son and the powerful bond they share, a bond that is put to the test. Directed by Michael F. Fountain Dist.: New Day Films. c2009. 72 min. DVD X3810


American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Bracero Stories
Explores the personal experiences of five former 'braceros' who participated in the controversial U.S.-Mexican government bracero program, which granted temporary work contracts to millions of Mexican laborers between 1942 and 1964. Director, editor, Patrick Mullins. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2008. 56 min. DVD X3739

Breadline, 1929.(The People's Century)
The 1920s found Americans enjoying the fruits of a new prosperity in a post-war boom. Then, in 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed; banks failed and industry withered. From Europe and the United States to Latin America and Asia, the Great Depression shattered economies and communities worldwide. In this film the people who were there remember the blow as workers from the United States, Chile, Britain, Belgium and Scandinavia recall the hungry 1930s. c1998. 56 min. Video/C 5550

The Business of America.
Studies the effects on steelworkers and their families of the United States Steel Corporation's shutdown of its plant in Homestead, Pennsylvania. Examines the decline of the American steel industry as a result of its refusal to modernize steel-producing facilities and a shift of its investments to acquisitions in more profitable sectors of the economy. 1984. 56 min. NRLF B 4 175 396

Butte, America: Saga of a Hard Rock Mining Town
Recounts the saga of Butte, Montana, including both the highs and lows of the most lucrative hard rock mining town in U.S. history. In this copper mining metropolis known as "the Richest Hill on Earth," "the Gibraltar of Unionism," and "the Pittsburgh of the West", the Industrial Revolution collided with the romance of the frontier, corporate capitalism battled organized labor, and the country's ever-increasing appetite for metals laid waste to land and water. Tells the story through the lives of miners and their families, initially immigrants from Ireland and England, but eventually from nations across Europe. Special features: "Behind the scenes" featurette (5 min.) ; Memorial featurette (10 min.). Directed by Pamela Roberts. c2009. 66 min. DVD X4766

California Since the Sixties: Revolutions and Counterrevolutions. Popular Organizing and People's Movements, 2/4/99 (California Studies Conference. [11th : 1999 : University of California, Berkeley])
Contents: Breaking with union centrism: some thoughts for revitalizing the U.S. labor movement / Peter Olney (23 min.) -- Regional racial formations in political culture / Laura Pulido (25 min.) -- Trends in youth organizing / Julie Brown (10 min.).

A panel of political and labor organizers comments on the history and current directions in American labor and political movements with particular reference to minorities and youth. Concludes with questions from the audience. Presented at a conference held on February 4-6, 1999 at the University of California, Berkeley. 1999. 100 min. Video/C 5973

Chicken Ranch: A Legal Brothel in Nevada.
Documentary about the prostitutes employed on the Chicken Ranch, one of the 38 legal brothels in Nevada. A film by Nick Broomfield & Sandy Sissel. 1983. 84 min. DVD 5338; vhs Video/C 585

Chicano!: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.
A four part series chronicling various aspects of the struggles for equal rights by Mexican Americans. 57 min. each installment

Episode 1: Quest for a Homeland. Examines the events at Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, that sparked a national movement for social justice. It focuses on the 1967 struggle by Mexican Americans to regain ownership of New Mexico lands guaranteed them by the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and then visits the landmark Denver Youth Conference in 1969. The program concludes with the Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War, held in East Los Angeles in event that turned into a tragic riot resulting in the death of renowned journalist Ruben Salazar. DVD 9933; Video/C 4308

Episode 2: The Struggle in the Field. Examines the efforts of farmworkers to form a national labor union. Under the leadership of nonviolence advocate Cesar Chavez, farmworkers launched a strike against California grape growers in 1965, demanding better working conditions and fair wages. In 1970, they undertook a national table grape boycott that eventually led to the first union contracts in farm labor history. An important milestone in the struggle was the passage of the California Labor Relations Act. DVD 9933; Video/C 4309

Episode 3: Taking Back the Schools. Documents the Mexican-American struggle to reform an educational system that failed to properly educate Chicano students, resulting in a more than 50% drop out rate, and leaving many others illiterate and unskilled. It focuses on the 1968 walkout by thousands of Mexican-American high school students in East Los Angeles, which resulted in conspiracy indictments against 13 community leaders. DVD 9933; Video/C 4310

Episode 4: Fighting for Political Power.Focuses on the emergence in Texas of Mexican-American political power and the creation of a third political party, La Raza Unida. Although the idea of a third party eventually proved ineffectual, La Raza Unida inspired a generation of political activists and pioneered voter registration strategies that eventually led to the election of thousands of Chicanos to political office. DVD 9933; Video/C 4311

Goodman, Walter. "Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement." (television program reviews) New York Times v145 (Fri, April 12, 1996):B8(N), D18(L), col 4, 8 col in.

City of the Big Shoulders.
Polish immigrants were the driving force behind Chicago's remarkable industrial growth. But they never achieved political cohesiveness, and while a million Poles now live in Chicago, their political power is not commensurate with the number of votes they cast. Film includes interviews with stockyard and steel mill workers in Chicago and closes with an interview with a guide at the Polish museum. 1992. 52 min. Video/C 2640

Chipping Off the Old Block(Livelyhood; episode 5)
This documentary examines the American motivation to work, looking over the past 100 years in a quest to understand the amazing American work ethic. c1999. 56 min., 46 sec. Video/C MM1115

Coal Country
This film reveals the truth about modern coal mining. The story is told by the people directly involved, both working miners and activists who are battling the coal companies in Appalachia. Tensions are high. It's a 'new civil war,' as families and communities are deeply split over mountaintop removal mining (MTR). What does this mean for America and the rest of the World? The coal industry is spending millions to promote what it calls 'clean coal.' Is it achievable? At what cost? Written, produced, and directed by Phylis Geller 2009. 85 min. DVD X2503

Coal Mining Women.
Women coal miners tell of the economic conditions that led them to seek employment in the coal mines and problems encountered once hired. 1983. 40 min. Video/C 522

A Day Without Sunshine.
A documentary on the Florida citrus industry and the plight of the farmworkers. Includes interviews with citrus industry leaders, growers, union organizers and government officials, as well as presenting portraits of three migrant families. 1976. 89 min. Video/C 187

The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti
A docu-drama about the 1927 Massachusetts trial and execution of two Italian-American immigrant anarchists based on Vanzetti's own letters and speeches. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants to America were executed after they were convicted of killing two people during a robbery in South Braintree. Their controversial trial became a political firestorm fueled by anti-immigration and "Red Scare" hysteria that gripped post-World War I America. This unique docu-drama, shot on location around Boston where the case took place, tells the events from the point of view of Vanzetti. Written and directed by David Rothauser. 2004. 57 min. DVD 6909

Dish: Women, Waitressing and the Art of Service
Explores the demanding work that female servers engage in, through interviews with waitresses in Toronto, Montreal, Paris and Tokyo. Examines how gender, social standing, earning opportunities, and working conditions intersect in the restaurant industry. Directed by Maya Gallus. 2010. 70 min. DVD X6875

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Don't Mourn, Organize!: Songs of Labor (Joe Hill)[SOUND RECORDING]
Contents: Joe Hill / Phil Ochs (Billy Bragg) -- Joe Hill's last will / Joe Hill (Utah Phillips) -- Joe Hill's ashes / Mark Levy (Mark Levy) -- The preacher and the slave / Joe Hill ("Haywire Mac" McClintock) -- Joe Hill / Alfred Hayes, Earl Robinson (Paul Robeson) -- Paper heart / Si Kahn, Charlotte Brody (Si Kahn) -- Casey Jones, the union scab / Joe Hill (Pete Seeger and the Song Swappers) -- Mr. Block / Joe Hill (Mats Paulson) -- Joe Hill listens to the praying / Kenneth Patchen (Joe Glazer) -- The tramp / Joe Hill (Cisco Houston) -- Joe Hill / Afred Hayes, Earl Robinson (Earl Robinson) -- The white slave / Joe Hill (Alfred Esteban Cortez) -- Narrative (Elizabeth Gurley Flynn) -- The rebel girl / Joe Hill ; arr. and adapted with original material by Hazel Dickens (Hazel Dickens) -- There is power in a union / Joe Hill (Entertainment Workers IU 630, I.W.W.). Sound/D 71

Double Burden: Three Generations of Working Mothers.
A multicultural multigenerational look at mothers and work. c1992. 56 min. Video/C 2926

Dust Bowl Ballads (Woody Guthrie)[SOUND RECORDING]
Contents: The great dust storm (Dust storm disaster) -- Talking dust bowl blues -- Pretty Boy Floyd -- Dusty old dust (so long it's been good to know yuh) -- Dust bowl blues -- Blowin' down the road (I ain't going to be treated this way) -- Tom Joad, Part 1 -- Tom Joad, Part 2 -- Do re mi -- Dust bowl refugee -- I ain't got no home -- Vigilante man -- Dust can't kill me -- Dust pneumonia blues -- Talking dust bowl blues (alternate version). Recorded in New York City, Apr. 26, 1940 and May, 3, 1940. SOUND/D 72

Economics U.S.A. 28 parts series, e.g.:
Economics USA. Lesson 22, Labor and management: How Do They Come to Terms? Explains how the demand for labor depends on the marginal value product and the real wage rate. As examples film examines labor struggles of immigrant garment workers in New York, the demise of the New York herald tribune and the role the union played in its collapse, and negotiations between workers and management in the automobile industry. 1985.28 min. Video/C 1229:21-22 Pt. 22

The Empire's New Clothes.
Investigates the situation in sweatshops in New York City where thousands of women, primarily recent immigrants from Chinese and Latino communities, are sewing garments under dangerous and unfair labor conditions, which often lead to psychological exhaustion, permanent disability and even death. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2000. 10 min. DVD 3266

Witness web site

Eyes on the Fries.
While good jobs in high tech and manufacturing are increasingly hard to find, companies like Subway, Starbucks, and Blockbuster are opening stores at a pace of one a day. This film examines the rise of the low wage service sector and what it means for a generation of young Americans whose lives depend on it. A film by Casey Peek and Jeremy Blasi. 2004. 21 min. Video/C MM410

Factory Farms.
1959 documentary by Harvey Richards. Tells the story of California agriculture, a highly capitalized, sophisticated industry with substandard wage rates that keep its workers in poverty. Documents 1959 labor conditions for farm workers. Produced by the United Packinghouse Workers Union. 1959. 32 min. DVD 4248; also VHS Video/C 2794

Farmers and Farmworkers: The New Harvest
Examines the ongoing negotiations among growers, farmworkers, and teamsters including the impact of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. United Farm Worker history is traced from the Delano beginnings to the present. An interview with Cesar Chavez is included. California Journal report; 104. 1981. 30 min. DVD 7646 [preservation copy]; Video/C 2097

Fast Food Women
Looks at the lives of the women who prepare the food at four different fast food restaurants in eastern Kentucky. These women, mostly middle-aged with children to raise, are often the sole source of income for their families. They work for salaries barely above minimum wage, have trouble getting full-time hours because of their employer's scheduling policies, and are without benefits. Scenes of women working at the various restaurants are included in this look at the other side of the counter. 28 min. c1991. Video/C 9702

The Farmers Wife.
This film follows Juanita and Darrel Buschkoetter, a remarkable young Nebraska farm couple, to tell a compelling love story. Gleaned from more than 200 hours of film shot on location over three years, 'The farmer's wife' follows Juanita and Darrel as they face seemingly insurmountable economic hardship, only to confront an even greater challenge: repairing their damaged marriage. What emerges is an epic story of faith, perseverance, and triumph, and an indelible portrait of a real American family's struggle to hold onto their dreams and each other. 1998. 3 videocassettes (375 min.) Video/C 6115

American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Dawes, Gil. "The Farmer's Wife." (Review) Sojourners v27, n5 (Sept-Oct, 1998):74 (2 pages).
Goodman, Walter. "Frontline: The Farmer's Wife." (television program reviews) New York Times v147 (Mon, Sep 21, 1998):B5(N), E5(L), col 1, 14 col in.
Leonard, John. "The Farmer's Wife." (television program reviews) New York v31, n36 (Sept 21, 1998):71.

Farmworkers' Diary
In the farmworker's own words, shows the living conditions, hopes and fears of Mexican migrant farmworkers in California. The documentary captures their dreams and anxieties, their longing for their families and their fear of becoming unemployable as farm mechanizaton increases. Produced by Tony Cisneros and Paul Shain. 1990. 10 min. Video/C MM600

Finally Got the News
A documentary presenting the workers' view of working conditions inside Detroit's auto factories. It focuses on the activities of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in their efforts to build an independent African American labor organization which, unlike the United Auto Workers, would respond to the racism and dangerous working conditions faced by African American workers in the industry. It also explores the educational "tracking," the role of African American women in the labor force, and racial relations between workers. Filmmakers: Stewart Bird, Peter Gessner, Reneé Lichtman, John Louis jr., Jim Morrison. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1970. 55 min. Video/C 6858

When actress Annabelle Gurwitch was fired from a play by Woody Allen, she wondered how she would cope with being fired by a cultural icon. Turning to friends in show business, she was assured she was not alone. Once the subject had been broached, everyone she knew, from her rabbi, to her gynecologist, had stories of getting the boot. This set her off on a journey to answer the question: was being fired going to be the best thing, or worst thing, that had happened in her working life? c2007. 70 min. DVD 7863

Free Voice of Labor--the Jewish Anarchists.
Look at lives and ideals of the participants in the Jewish anarchist movement in the United States who believed in the possibility of society without government. The centerpiece of the film is a series of clips from interviews with members of the collective that published the Yiddish language anarchist paper Freie Arbeiter Stimme together with still photographs of anarchist demonstrations, and old newsreel footage. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 1997?. 60 min. DVD 6882; vhs Video/C 305

A documentary series chronicling the epic journey of America's commitment to liberty and the idea of freedom. Based on the book series A History of US by Joy Hakim. c2003. 52 min. each installment

Episode 4: The Industrial Revolution brings Americans new leisure and personal freedom, but also mounting problems to factory workers, including children. DVD 2196

Episode 9: As the split widens between the rich and the poor, a new labor movement arises fighting for the rights of workers. DVD 2196

Episode 10: The newly unveiled Statue of Liberty symbolizes all that is best in America, inspiring an era of reform and compassion. Looks at the work of Susan B. Anthony and women's suffrage, child labor, John Muir, Ida Tarbell and her exposure of abuses by Rockefeller's Standard Oil, and Jane Addams, the first American social worker. DVD 2196

Getting to Heaven (Ganarse el cielo)
This docu-drama, based on interviews with actual immigrants, portrays Hispanic immigrant workers at a New York City restaurant, depicting their workaday reality and dreams for a better life in the United States. Produced and directed by Alfredo Bejar Dist.: Cinema Guild. c1996. 19 min. Video/C 7869

God Knows
This documentary follows Celeste who dreams about having a family of her own, children, a husband. But for now her life is mostly about work: Three different jobs are still hardly enough to support Celeste's family back home. Celeste is from Paraguay and she lives in the U.S. illegally. A film by Magdalena Hutter. 2007. 44 min. DVD X6994
Golden Cage: A Story of California's Farmworkers.
The experiences of Mexican farmworkers in California are chronicled. Using historical footage, interviews, newspaper clippings and black-and-white stills, the documentary traces the history of the United Farmworkers Union from the sixties to its current decline. It also examines the impact of the new immigration law. c1989. 29 min. Video/C 1935

Golden Lands, Working Hands.
A 2-part history of the labor movement in California from the 1860's to the present day. 1999.

Part 1. This first segment examines the Workingmen's Party of the 1870's, Chinese union exclusion, San Francisco as a union town and Los Angeles as open shop at the turn of the century, the plight of migrant labor as in the Beet Workers Strike of 1903 and the Wheatland Hop Riot of 1913, the framing of Tom Mooney, the impact of the Stock market crash and the Great Depression on unionization, Roosevelt's New Deal, militancy in the west coast maritime trades culminating in the San Francisco General Strike of 1934 and the beginning of the CIO, WWII defense industries and the employment of Afro-Americans, "Okie" and women workers which challenged the unions concerning inclusive or exclusive membership policies. Contents: Step by step (6 min.) -- No danger from strikes among them (15 min.) -- Bombs and ballots (24 min.) -- Not so jazzy (10 min.) -- Labor on the march (18 min.) -- Battling for democracy (8 min.). 81 min. DVD X569 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6254

Part 2. This second segment examines the DiGiorgio strike of 1947-50, the struggle for the Fair Employment Practices Law and the threat of the Right To Work campaign of 1958, the expansion of the labor-civil rights connection in the 1960's, the continued struggle of California's farm labor movement with the advent of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. The PATCO strike of air traffic controllers marked the end of the post-WWII social compact between labor and capital. A new corporate regime replaces full-time union jobs with part-time, temporary, disposable employment, as millions sink into unemployment and underemployment. In response, a new organizing mood emerges among California working people grappling with the effects of the global economy. Contents: We Called It a Work Holiday (17 min.) -- Building the house they lived in (28 min.) -- Against the tide (21 min.) -- Golden lands, new demands (22 min.). 91 min. DVD X570 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6255

Good Work, Sister: Women Shipyard Workers of World War II, An Oral History.
Women tell of their personal experiences in the shipyards at Portland, Or. and Vancouver, Wash., and the difficulties confronting them when they took over jobs during World War II which had traditionally been considered men's work in addition to their continuing responsibility for child-raising and housework. 1982. 20 min. Video/C 4065

Great Depression (60 min. each.)

A Job at Ford's. Just before the advent of the Great Depression, Henry Ford controlled the most important company in the most important industry in the booming American economy. His offer of high wages in exchange for hard work attracted workers to Detroit, but it began to come apart when Ford hired a private police force to speed up production and spy on employees. After the depression hit in 1929, these workers faced a new, grim reality as unemployment skyrocketed. DVD X1162 [preservation copy]; Video/C 3171

The Road to Rock Bottom. As the Great Depression progressed economic collapse took its toll on rural America. Crops went unsold, farm mortgages were called in by banks, hungry farmers protested, and robberies increased dramatically. The U.S. Army was called in to defend the nation's capital from veterans who were demanding that President Hoover and Congress pay a bonus for their services in World War I. The film ends with Franklin Roosevelt's landslide election to the presidency. DVD X1163 [preservation copy]; Video/C 3172

New Deal/New York. In his first one hundred days in office, in a effort to stem the effects of the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created many new federal agencies giving jobs and relief to people and transforming the American landscape with public works projects. Nowhere was this transformation more apparent than in Mayor Fiorello La Guardia's New York City. Together Roosevelt and La Guardia expanded and redefined the role of government in the lives of the American people. DVD X1164 [preservation copy]; Video/C 3173

We Have a Plan. By 1934, as the nation grappled with the Great Depression, challenges to the New Deal from both sides of the political spectrum began to appear. Despite new government programs unrest was increasing especially in California, where the socialist, Upton Sinclair, ran for governor promising to turn idle land and factories into self-governing cooperatives. Sinclair's campaign ended in defeat, but one year later President Roosevelt's signing of the Social Security Act signaled America's emergence as a modern welfare state. DVD X1165 [preservation copy]; Video/C 3174

Mean Things Happening.In the American democracy of the 1930's two visions of liberty collided as working men and women battled landowners and factory managers for the right to join a union. On the tenant farms and in the steel factories working people asserted their citizenship in the midst of great economic turmoil and a tide of government reform. DVD X1166 [preservation copy]; Video/C 3175

To Be Somebody.Many Americans, struggling to survive the Great Depression, were determined to help build a better America through direct action in the courts, in the Congress and in everyday life. At a time when lynchings, segregation, and anti-semitism were commonplace, black heavy-weight champion, Joe Louis became a symbol of national strength. In very different ways Louis and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt challenged America to live up to its promise of justice and opportunity for people of every race and faith. DVD X1167 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3176

Arsenal of Democracy.By 1939 Americans were still struggling to end the Great Depression. Their dreams of peace and prosperity were celebrated at World's Fairs in New York and San Francisco, but prosperity did not come in peacetime. Millions fled the "dust bowl" states to finally find work in new defense industries. While the New Deal changed America forever, it was war that ended the Great Depression. DVD X1168 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3177

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Cole, Lewis. "The Great Depression." (television program reviews) Nation v257, n18 (Nov 29, 1993):668 (5 pages).
Goodman, Walter. "The Great Depression." (television program reviews) New York Times v143 (Mon, Oct 25, 1993):B3(N), pC18(L), col 1
Leonard, John. "The Great Depression." (television program reviews) New York v26, n42 (Oct 25, 1993):97 (2 pages).
Ward, Geoffrey C. "The Great Depression." (television program reviews) American Heritage v44, n7 (Nov, 1993):16 (2 pages).

The Guestworker
Documents the story of Mexican farm workers who enter the United States legally as part of the H-2A guest worker program, and looks at the issues surrounding the program. Focuses on a 66-year-old man who has worked on North Carolina farms for forty years, both legally and illegally, and on his employer, who is dependent upon foreign laborers to sustain his farm. Produced and directed by Cynthia Hill and Charles Thompson. 1990. 53 min. DVD 6622

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Hard Work: "To Make Both Ends Meet"
In 1888 the Main State Bureau of Industrial and Labor Statistics conducted a survey to assess working conditions for women in the state's shops and factories. The bureau hired Flora Haines, of Bangor to complete the survey. She spoke with the women in the workplace and handed out over 600 questionnaires. Hundreds of women responded discussing such issues as health and safety, wages and working hours, sanitary conditions and other matters. In this documentary the women's voices are brought to life again to tell the story of conditions for women both on and off the job in the latter part of the 19th century in Maine. Produced by Jim Sharkey. 2004. 59 min. Video/C MM477

Harlan County U.S.A.
Directed by Barbara Kopple. A docu-drama of the 1973 Kentucky coal miner's strike against the operators of the Brookside mine and the Duke Power Company which resulted from the company's refusal to honor the union's national contract with the United Mine Workers of America. 1976. 103 min. DVD 5665; vhs 999:509
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Documentary, Features
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Special Award (Barbara Kopple)
Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize, Documentary; Audience Award, Documentary; Filmmakers Trophy
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Harvest of Shame
Shows the degradation and exploitation of millions of migratory farm workers in the United States. Spokesmen for the groups present thier views, both for and against the use of migratory workers under the conditions seen. This broadcast by legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow, led to permanent changes in the laws protecting workers' rights. Originally broadcast in 1960 on CBS Reports. Narrator: Edward R. Murrow. Producer, David Lowe. 55 min. DVD 4008; also vhs Video/C 356

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The Harvesters.
Documents the late 1950's farm labor conditions in California's fields when 14- to 16- hour days paid workers at eighty-five cents to a dollar per hour. It also exposes how the bracero program imported Mexican nationals to work at wages lower than the subminimum rates available to American workers. This film was used the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) and the United Packinghouse Workers Union as an organizing film. A film by Harvey Richards. 1960. DVD 4249

The Heartbeat of America.
Examines how General Motors Corporation went from being the undisputed number one car company in America to suffering the biggest corporate loss on record. Drawing on interviews with current and former GM board members, executives, designers, workers and automotive analysts, the GM saga is revealed. 1993. 96 min. Video/C 3070

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Hi Tech Families
Presents a look at the impact of technology in the late 20th century on representative families who live and work in the Silicon Valley of California where computers and scientific technology are the main product. 1971. 29 min. Video/C 2627

The Hidden Army
Produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps as an official war film in 1944. Using a mixture of dramatized events and newsreels, this film extols the work of women in industry during World War II. It was primarily made to get more women involved in the industrial sector of war work, since the number of women factory workers had actually declined in 1943. 17 min. DVD 8797; vhs Video/C MM494

Homecoming: Sometimes I Am Haunted by Memories of Red Dirt and Clay
A documentary film by Charlene Gilbert exploring the history of ownership of farm lands by African Americans from Reconstruction to the present day. Their struggle for land of their own pitted them against both the Southern white power structure and the federal agencies responsible for helping them. As part of Reconstruction, Congress alloted 45 million acres of land to former slaves but little land was ever actually distributed. Despite formidable obstacles one million African Americans, mostly former sharecroppers, managed to purchase over 15 million acres of land by 1910. 1998. 56 min. Video/C 5734

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Honey, We Bought the Company(Livelyhood; episode 3)
Discusses new ways created by American workers to save jobs by redefining business culture. Covers such issues as cooperative businesses, profit-sharing, employee-owned businesses, sole proprietorships, and franchises. c1998. 56 min., 46 sec. Video/C MM1113

Humain, trop humain (Human, too Human)
A meditative investigation of the inner workings of an auto assembly plant showing how steel sheeting becomes an automobile. Includes visits with the plant workers. Directed by Louis Malle. 1973. 72 min. DVD 7511

If Japan Can...Why Can't We?
Looks at the causes for Japan's high industrial growth rate and the essentially static condition of U.S. industry. Shows that high reinvestment, worker input and support, and a self-monitored quality control system are factors that have contributed to Japan's success. Points out that American industry can benefit from examining these factors and implementing some of the methods to increase productivity. 3/4" Umatic format. 1980. 77 min. Video/C 345

Labor Merger: AFof L and CIO Join Forces
Universal Newsreel. DVD 6270

In This Affluent Society (America's War on Poverty; 1).
In the early 1960s, hundreds of Kentucky coal miners are displaced by machines and strike out at their former employers. Millions of others displaced by machines across Appalachia and the rural South head north to begin a new life in Chicago, where they face overcrowded tenements and schools, and the familiar inequities of segregation. This program recounts these stories of desperation and hope and explores the origins of the federal government's war on poverty and how attitudes toward race and faith in the accessibility of the American dream shape the battle plans for the nation's greatest effort to reduce poverty. 1995. 57 min. DVD 9790 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3926

An Injury to One
Investigates early 20th century American labor history in Butte, Montana and how the history of Butte was entirely shaped by its exploitation by the Anaconda Mining Company. Chronicles the mysterious death of Wobbly organizer Frank Little in August 1917 who was abducted by still-unknown assailants who hung him from a railroad bridge. c2002. 53 min. Video/C 9768

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Metz, Walter C. " 'Documentary as Adaptation': An Intertextual Analysis of An Injury to One." Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 307-12, 2007 UC users only

Introduction to Workers' Compensation
Examines the economic miracle of post-war Japan and the increasing tensions between Japan and the United States because of Japan's resolve to control its own economic destiny. 1998 16 min. Video/C 5867

Invisible Indians: Mixtec Farmworkers in California
This presentation examines the distinct culture of Mixtec Indians from Oaxaca, Mexico, who started to migrate to California in the early 1970's to work in the produce fields. This program focuses on the special skills and values that these people bring to California agriculture jobs and their continuing connection to their communities in Mexico. Also examined are their living conditions in California. 1993. 35 min. DVD 9651 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM684

The Iron Road (American Experience)
Relates the saga of the building of the transcontinental railroad by the Central Pacific Railroad Company and the Union Pacific Railroad Company with special emphasis on the personal experiences and living conditions of the laborers who built the railroad. 1990. 59 min. Video/C.1926

Is Wal-Mart Good for America?
Examines Wal-Mart's importation of Chinese goods into the United States. Discusses that while some economists credit Wal-Mart's focus on low costs with helping contain U.S. inflation, others charge that the company is the main force driving the massive overseas shift to China in the production of American consumer goods, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs and a lower standard of living in the U.S. Originally broadcast on Nov. 16, 2004 as a segment of: Frontline. 60 min. DVD 36

Justice on the Table
Farmworkers are paying a price to put food on our tables. Excluded from labor laws, they face low wages, harsh working conditions, and a 48-year life expectancy. This documentary listens to farmworkers themselves tell of their treatment in Oregon's fields, and highlights their contributions to regional and national economic prosperity. Producer-director, videographer & editor, Will Doolittle. c2003. 24 min. Video/C 9819

The Labor Movement, Protectionism, and the International Economy
A conversation on the national and international impact of the labor movement between Douglas A. Fraser (former president of the United Automobile Workers and regents lecturer in the School of Business Administration, U.C. Berkeley) and Raymond E. Miles (Dean of the School of Business Administration, U.C. Berkeley). Recorded Feb. 12, 1985 at the University of California, Berkeley. c1983. 60 min. Video/C 1320

Labor Stories
Three important labor stories of the 1970's. These films not only allowed the workers and their union to tell their compelling stories but they also affected the course of events for each union. HSA strike '75: Documents a group of doctors who fight for better health care for their patients at Chicago's Cook County Hospital. U.E. Wells: Captures the United Electrical Workers' efforts to organize a cast-iron foundry. What's happening at Local 70: Follows the experiences of unemployment compensation workers who strike because of working conditions. Produced by Kartemquin Films; directed, photographed, and edited by Judy Hoffman, Sharon Karp, Gordon Quinn, Jerry Blumenthal, and Peter Kuttner. c2006. 55 min. DVD 5834

Labor Women, the New Generation
Profiles Jun Chong, Karla Zombro, and Quynh Nguyen, three Asian American women who are labor union organizers in Los Angeles. They are immigrant daughters on the frontlines of the fight for economic justice, organizing South Central welfare recipients, Asian and Latino slaughterhouse workers, and LAX airport workers. Their challenges are juxtaposed with inspiring perspectives of "veteran" labor women who paved the way and are now labor leaders. Produced, directed and written by Renee Tajima-Peña. 2002. 35 min. DVD 7328

The Land.
Director, Robert J. Flaherty, 1941. Portrays American agriculture during the depression decade. Explores the problems of agricultural unemployment, erosion of farm land, the desolate lives of migrant workers, and the role of the machine in farming. 198?. 44 min. Video/C 3225

The Land is Rich.
Documents the United Farm Workers struggle to organize California farm workers in the early 1960's. Film contrasts the economic strength of California agribusiness and migrant workers poverty and the the effect of extensive exposure to agricultural chemicals on them. The film was used by the United Farm Workers Union. A film by Harvey Richards. 1966. 27 min. DVD 4246; also VHS Video/C 2800

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Latino Employment and Unemployment.
Explores, analyzes, and compares the socioeconomic situation of Latinos and Hispanic Americans with that of the general population, illustrating some of the obstacles Latinos face in making the transition from poverty to financial independence. c1992. 27 min. Video/C 2631

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Leaving Home.
Examines the Mexico-U.S. Free Trade Agreement by looking at how workers on both sides of the border have been affected by the maquiladora program. Economists, free trade advocates, and Latino community leaders debate our free trade future. 199?. 60 min. Video/C 2626

Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter.
Five women reminisce about their jobs and working conditions during World War II. Includes topics of sex discrimination, the women's movement, and the role of movies and radio in helping mold public opinion during World War II. A film by Connie Field. Dist. Clarity Films. c1987. 65 min. DVD X1308; Video/C 1927

Frank, Miriam. The life and times of Rosie the Riveter : the story of three million working women during World War II. Emeryville, Calif. : Clarity Educational Productions, 1982. (MAIN: D810.W7 F74; Storage Info: C 2 940 936 MORR: D810.W7 F74; MOFF: D810.W7 F74)
Kessler-Harris, Alice. "Rosie the Riveter--Who Was She?" Labor History, Spring83, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p249, 5p UC users only
Milkman, Ruth. "Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter." Labor Studies Journal, Fall83, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p162, 2p; UC users only
Sorrel, Lorraine. "Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter." Off Our Backs. Washington: Jun 30, 1981. Vol. 11, Iss. 6; pg. 25UC users only
White, Mimi. "Rehearsing Feminism: Women/History in The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter and Swing Shift." In: Multiple voices in feminist film criticism / Diane Carson, Linda Dittmar, and Janice R. Welsch, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1994. Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994)

Live Nude Girls Unite!
This documentary follows Julia Query, a peepshow stripper, on her journey to help organize the only strippers union in the United States. In need of money, Julia became a stripper in San Francisco but after discovering that the strippers were being covertly videotaped for amateur porn, Julia and her colleagues contacted the Service Employees Internation Union. The Theater responded by hiring an anti-union law firm. Written and directed by Julia Query, Vicky Funari, 2000. 70 min. DVD X3430; Video/C 7452

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Made in L.A. (Hecho en Los Angeles)
Traces the moving transformation of three Latina garment workers on the fault lines of global economic change who decide they must resist. Through a groundbreaking law suit and consumer boycott, they fight to establish an important legal and moral precedent holding an American retailer liable for the labor conditions under which its products are manufactured. But more than this, Made in L.A. provides an insider's view into both the struggles of recent immigrants and into the organizing process itself: the enthusiasm, discouragement, hard-won victories and ultimate self-empowerment. A film by Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar; directed by Almudena Carracedo. 2007. 70 min. DVD 9283

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Maid in America
An intimate look into the lives of three Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, three of the nearly 100,000 domestic workers living in that city today. Judith hasn't seen her four daughters for the two years since she left Guatemala, but hopes to give them a better future by sending half her income back home. Telma, from El Salvador, has cared for the now six-year-old Mickey since he was a baby, essentially becoming his 'mom' so his mother can keep her career on track. Eva, one of the thousands of college-educated immigrants who have fled Mexico's unstable economy, is attending night school to improve her skills, and views housekeeping as a necessary transition.These women's stories vividly reveal how immigrants are redefining their roles, and underscores the vital role they play in many American households. The issue of worker's rights is introduced in the film through Dynamic Workers, a collective of women who have formed their own business to provide job security and benefits, and Domestic Workers Association, a support organization providing information and advocacy. Produced & directed by Anayansi Prado. 2004. 58 min. DVD X2389; vhs Video/C MM507

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Making Sense of Free Trade
Steve Brier discusses the complex labor and economic issues involved in ratification of NAFTA with Edgar De Jesus of the NY Board of ACTWU, and Peter Connelly, UAW Local 664. 1993. 30 min. Video/C 77009

Media Insurgente Compilation
Contents: Trying days (23:35) -- Producing just garments (24:15) -- When capital flies we remain (16:34) -- Estamos aqui (9:58). "Trying days" is a look at government action and inaction after Hurricane Katrina, and how the people of New Orleans organized to fight the injustice at the heart of the rebuilding process. "Producing just garments" documents the struggle of garment workers in Soyapongo, El Salvador to make a dignified living in a unionized workers collective that was once a sweatshop. "When capital flies we remain" is a provocative look at the changes in the life of Sarah Lopez, who emigrated from Mexico and began working in the agriculture fields of Salinas, California at age 12 and ua ultimately left unemployed after her factory is closed. "Estamos aquí" gives an inside look at the AFSCME strike at the University of California campuses in 2005 and the actions of thousands of UC Santa Cruz students and workers that made the strike successful. Media Insurgente was a film collective that operated from 2005-07. Its mission was to capture important contemporary struggles for social justice. DVD X2751

Memorable Media Moments in Labor History
Through film excerpts and commentary this documentary presents an interesting and powerful survey of Hollywood films' treatment of union issues and worker's stories. Film excerpts: Salt of the earth -- Homefront -- Norma Rae -- Killing floor -- Designing women -- Matewan -- The organizer -- Nine to five -- Grapes of wrath -- A vision shared. 1992. 27 min. Video/C 7703

Miles of Smiles: Years of Struggle.
Personal narratives of retired porters about their work and duties on the Pullman trains and about the formation of their union. Produced and directed by Jack Santino and Paul Wagner. c1982. 60 min. DVD X626; vhs Video/C 381

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Mine Wars: Coal miners' War for Freedom.
Focuses on the coal mine wars of southern West Virginia and their influence on American life. Uses rare historical footage and letters written by participants to show the labor struggle that took place during the early 20th century, explaining what happened at the Matewan Massacre, the Battle of Blair Mountain, and elsewhere. A film by Bill Richardson. 2004. 57 min. DVD 3990

Mined to Death
Depicts the lives and work of miners in Potosí, Bolivia, who extract silver, zinc, and lead from the same mountain their ancestors mined five centuries ago. Documents how the mine is central to life in Potosí and how tourism in the region promises to bring in additional revenue to compensate for the 'dying' mountain. Written, produced and directed by Regina Harrison. 2005. 41 min. DVD X3272

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Los Mineros.
Videocassette release from the PBS series, The American Experience. This story, spanning nearly half a century, tells the history of Mexican American miners in Clifton-Morenci, Arizona, and their union's battle for fair labor practices in the copper industry. 60 min. Video/C 1925

Molders of Troy.
A documentary about the conflict between labor and management in Troy's foundries depicting the struggle of iron molders to form unions and to improve their work conditions. A number of photographs of the city and the striking molders in the 1850's are included in the program. 1999. 59 min. Video/C 368 NRLF #: B 3 969 195

Motherhood Manifesto
Moving personal stories combined with humorous animation, expert commentary and old film clips tell the tale of what happens to working mothers and families in America. See how enlightened employers and public policy can make paid family leave, flexible working hours, part-time parity, universal health care, excellent childcare, after-school programs and realistic living wages a reality for American families. Introduction (10 min.) -- Maternity/paternity leave (7 min.) -- Open flexible work (10 min.) -- Television we choose & other after-school programs (5 min.) -- Health care for all kids (9 min.) -- Excellent childcare (7 min.) -- Realistic and fair wages (2 min.) -- Conclusion (6 min.) Based on the book: The motherhood manifesto, what America's moms want and what to do about it by Joan Blades & Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. Directed by Laura Pacheco; written by John De Graaf. 2006. 57 min. DVD 9235
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My Father's Garden.
In less than fifty years agriculture has been transformed by synthetic chemicals which have had a serious impact on the environment and on the health of farm families. This film tells the story of two farmers. Herbert Smith, championed the new miracle sprays of the 50's in his orange grove in Florida, while Fred Kirschenmann of North Dakota, steered his land through the transition to organic farming to prove, 20 years later, that sustainable organic agriculture is a viable economic alternative for any size farm. Producer/director, Miranda Smith. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4112

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NAFTA: A 3-way Tie for Last.
Examines the "unheard voices" of the debate centering around the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, U.S. and Mexico. Presents the concerns of Canadian, American and Mexican workers, native Americans, farmers and environmentalists who perceive NAFTA to be a "dangerous" trade policy. 1993. 28 min. Video/C 3642

National Industrial Policy (Made in America; 4)
This program looks at the enormous costs, the huge risks, and the potentially colossal pay-offs in the commercial aircraft industry. Boeing is still number one, but major components of its jets are now made in Japan. What does this portend about the U.S. position in the high-stakes global economy? c1992. 58 min. Video/C 2588

New Harvest, Old Shame.
Discusses the living conditions of migrant farm workers in the United States. c1990. 59 min. Video/C 2434

9 to 5
Presents a portrait of people who work in adult entertainment, a business bigger than the music industry. Filmed over a period of more than a year, ten different stories unfold, delivering insight into the personal lives of people in the adult movie business. It depicts each one, unadorned and authentic, without glorification or prejudice, delivering deep insight into their personal lives - from glamorous to the grotesque. Written, directed and filmed by Jens Hoffmann. 2008. 95 min. DVD X3936

No Sweat
Los Angeles is home to the largest garment industry in the United States. In an industry defined by the "sweatshop" most workers are undocumented, toiling under the radar of labor laws, for substandard wages, without breaks or benefits. Enter American Apparel and SweatX, two T-shirt factories in L.A. trying to do it differently. But while SweatX is backed by $2.5 million in venture capital, American Apparel was built from the ground up by an eccentric and controversial entrepreneur. Which one has the stuff to survive in today's globalized workplace? The film lifts the label behind the so-called "sweatshop-free" movement and reveals just what lies between the threads. Producer, director, camera, Amie Williams. 2006. 54 min. DVD 9618

No Time For Play
Examines the plight of some three to five million Filipino children who are forced to work in factories, sugarcane plantations, even the depths of mine tunnels and looks at what is being done to help them. 1996. 50 min. Video/C 5367

Oh Freedom After While: 1939 Sharecroppers Roadside Protest.
In January 1939, Missouri Bootheel sharecroppers--black and white--staged a dramatic roadside protest to call attention to unjust treatment by local plantation owners. Their demonstration spurred the U.S. government to develop new housing for displaced sharecroppers. Some demonstrators also established a remarkable farming community--and learned how to make lasting change in their lives. 1999. 57 min. Video/C 6453

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On the Edge: America's Working Poor
Presents an examination of the working poor in the United States. Several families including single mothers as head of households describe their lives as members of the working poor community where one unexpected expense, sudden illness, or a missed payment could mean financial ruin. Originally broadcast on April 15, 2004 as a segment of: Nightline. 22 min. DVD 4655

On the Line, 1924. (The People's Century)
When Henry Ford's Model T rolled onto the scene in 1908, it was inconceivable that it would ever be anything more than a plaything for the wealthy. But mass production and later, Ford's moving assembly line, allowed manufacturers to produce goods at affordable prices that made them accessible to a new mass market. This film follows the acceleration of mass production, from the days of master craftsmen to the pressures and benefits of assembly-line work to the growing strength of "people power" as labor and management struggled to divide the fruits of increased productivity. 1998. 56 min. Video/C 5546

One Day Longer: The Story of the Frontier Strike.
Recounts the story of the grit and determination behind America's longest running strike; six years, four months and ten days by 500 restaurant workers of the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. This defining labor struggle largely ignored by the media, features contemporary interviews with prominent labor leaders. Produced and directed by Amie S. Williams. c1999. 52 min. Video/C 7867

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Organizing America: A History of Trade Unions in the U.S.
Broadly tracing American labor history, this program incorporates interviews, personal accounts, and archival footage to provide a fresh perspective on the history of labor issues including health and safety conditions, the minimum wage, discrimination, job security and strikes. It presents the struggle of American labor against the backdrop of major events that shaped American society as a whole: world wars, the industrial revolution, immigration, unemployment, class conflict, child labor, women in the workplace, civil rights and the emergence of high technology. 1994. 40 min. DVD 1950; also on VHS Video/C 5602

Our Towns(Livelyhood; episode 4)
"A television journey outside the Beltway and beyond Hollywood to meet extraordinary ordinary Americans who face new challenges at work." 1999. 56 min., 46 sec. Video/C MM1114

Out at Work: A Documentary.
Documents the lives of three gay workers from 1991 to 1996. One is a lesbian who became politically active after being fired from Cracker Barrel restaurant in Georgia. The second case concerns a gay man who worked with his union to fight harassment in an auto factory in Detroit. In the final case a New York Public Library employee sought health benefits for his partner. 1996. 56 min. Video/C 6227

Out of Darkness: The Mine Workers Story
Intersperses archival film footage and interviews to describe the history of the United Mine Workers of America and the history of coal mining in the United States and elsewhere. Closes with an account of the Pittston Coal Strike from the miners' perspective. [1990?] 100 min. Video/C 6405

Out of the Depths: The Miner's Story. (A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers)
Takes a look at coal-miners in Colorado at the turn of the century; the poor working conditions, their almost feudal existance, and their attempt at a strike. Includes interviews with former Colorado coal-miners. 1984. 58 min. 3/4 in. Video/C 876

Outsourcing: White Collar Exodus
Contents: The death of distance -- A twist of the twine -- My job went to India and all I got was this lousy t-shirt -- Regulation -- Good-bye middle class -- Sushi and tulips -- There is only one constant: change.

More than two million jobs have been outsourced from the U.S. to India since 2000. This documentary explores factors that encourage the outsourcing (U.S. laws, special training and cheap wages in India ...) and the impact the outsourcing has on both the U.S. and Indian workers. Analysts consider possible U.S. policy and natural economic responses to the outsourcing. 2005. 50 min. DVD 4515

Perch of the Devil
Reviews the history of the copper mines in Butte, Montana, the strike of 1960, the history of the Butte mines, and the many, violent struggles that have occurred in the mining camps of the western Rockies. Includes footage of mining operations in tunnels a mile below the surface and interviews with miners and victims of silicosis, a fatal lung disease among miners. A film by Harvey Richards. 24 min. 1960. DVD 4230

Period Films of the Great Depression
Contents: Financing the American family / Household Finance (1935, 11 min.) -- Frontiers of the future / National Industrial Council (1937, 10 min.) -- Griffith Park relief workers demonstration (1933, 3 min.) -- San Francisco General strike (1934, 3 min.) -- Valley town / producer, New York University (1940, 25 min.).

Financing the American family: Household Finance sponsored this film to educate struggling families on how obtaining a low-cost loan from their corporation to help families get out of debt. Frontiers of the future: Narrated by Lowell Thomas, traces the pattern of modern industrial growth from 1844. Proceeds with a brief outline of the many inventions and discoveries since that time. The value of research in bringing new products is emphasized, concluding with the statement that new frontiers of progress lie in the laboratory. Griffith Park relief workers demonstration: Brief newsreel of a demonstration held against the city and officials of Los Angeles to protest the death of about 100 relief workers at the Griffith Park Fire of 1933. San Francisco General Strike: Brief newsreel of a city-wide general strike held to support striking San Francisco longshoremen during the 1934 San Francisco Maritime Strike. Valley town: Documents how new technology was destabilizing the economic and social underpinnings of many steel towns of the 1930s through the story of one Pennsylvania town. This unique film presages the outcry against automation a generation later, while documenting both the boomtown phenomenon and the technological progress of this bleak industrial age. 52 min. DVD 2651

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Phantom of the Operator.
This delightful found-footage film reveals a little-known chapter in labor history: the story of female telephone operators' central place in the development of global communications. Presents more than one hundred clips from rarely seen industrial, advertising and scientific management films produced in North America between 1903 and 1989 by Bell and Western Electric, transformed into a dreamlike montage documentary. As the first agents of globalization, this invisible army of women offered a way for companies to feminize and glamorize what was a highly stressful, underpaid and difficult job. Not merely 'Voices with a Smile,' telephone operators were test pilots for new management systems, and the face of shrewd public relations campaigns. As the work of operators has been eclipsed by the advent of automated systems, this artful piece of labor history also offers an insightful comment on women's work, industrialization and communications technology. A film by Caroline Martel. c2004. 66 min. DVD 4512

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The Philadelphia Story. (Life, Part 5)
This film profiles the case of Cheri Honkala, executive director of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union of Philadelphia, one of the U.S. workers left behind by the globalized economy who tells the story of what's happened in her hometown. Includes commentary by academicians and noted authorities examining how the globalized economy affects American jobs. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7765

Poletown Lives!
Documentary that tells, from the residents' point of view, the story of Poletown, an inner-city Detroit neighborhood that was destroyed in 1981 when the city used its power of eminent domain to turn the land over to General Motors for construction of a Cadillac plant. Shows the changes in attitudes as the people realized that the institutions they trusted -- the courts, the United Auto Workers, the church, the City Council, and the media --were not going to help them. Produced and directed by George Corsetti.1982. 52 min. DVD 4855 (preservation copy); Video/C 5460

Poor Kids : an intimate portrait of America's economic crisis
These are hard times in the Quad Cities, a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois, where the Mississippi River intersects Interstate 80. It's home to John Deere manufacturing and the nation's breadbasket. But it's also an area deeply scarred by the Recession. Frontline spent months following three young girls who are growing up against the backdrop of their families' struggles against financial ruin. The result is an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it's rarely seen, through the eyes of children. Originally broadcast on Nov. 20, 2012 as a segment of Frontline. 2012 60 min. DVD X8627

The Promise Fulfilled and the Promise Broken. (America series)
Deals with the promise of unlimited prosperity after World War I, the boom of the 1920's, the Depression and the New Deal. Video/C 1424

Rancho California (por favor)
Documents a two-year field study (1999-2001) on migrant farmworkers in northern San Diego County. The film explores the charged debate over the meaning and consequences of immigrant culture near America's southern border, and along the way examines the complex realities of race and class in America. Written, produced, and directed by John T. Caldwell. 2003. 59 min. DVD X3270

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Reflections, George Meany
This documentary combines in-depth interviews with film footage to explore early labor organizing efforts, the rise of collective bargaining, and the factors that led to the AFL-CIO merger. 1979. 60 min. Video/C 123

Richmond Oil Strike
Documentary of the Richmond oil strike commencing January 4, 1969 with newsreel coverage of events surrounding the strike and interviews with employees on strike against Shell Oil in Martinez and Standard Oil in Richmond, California. Originally produced in 1969. 17 min. Video/C 5861

The Road to Happiness: The Life and Times of Henry Ford.
A documentary of Henry Ford's personal life history. Newsreels, dramatic films and documentaries tell the story of this American legend from boyhood to his death in 1947. 59 min. Video/C 241

Roger & Me.
Directed by Michael Moore. When hard times came to his hometown, Michael Moore sunk every penny he had into filming "Roger & Me". He emerged as a modern folk hero, because he doggedly and hilariously pursued what every working person wants to do - talk to the man at the top. Moore's efforts to meet General Motors chairman Roger Smith and to get Smith to visit Flint, Michigan provide the framework for the film. 1978. 91 min. DVD 1855; also VHS Video/C 999:439

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Sacco and Vanzetti
Examines the case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti through archival film, music, poetry and excerpts from the 1971 feature film. Also includes interviews with historians, artists and activists as well as readings from the prison diaries of the two defendants. The many personalities involved in these historic events including the judge, the attorneys, the Italian anarchist movement and the Communist Party are examined within the period's political context, especiallly the notorious "Red scare," of the 1920's which led to the arrest and deportation of thousands of immigrants. c2006. 81 min. DVD 6486

Salesman (1968)
A film by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin. A documentary feature film in cinema verite style which closely follows the activities of four door-to-door Bible salesmen on their routes. 90 min. DVD 817; Video/C 1880
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San Francisco Iron Workers Strike, 1917
Newsreel footage of striking iron workers marching down the cobblestone streets of 1917 San Francisco. Great shots of trolly cars too ... too bad they destroy one. 6 min. DVD 2649

The Seafarers
In 1951 a 21 year old Stanley Kubrick was commissioned by the Seafarers International Union to film a documentary extolling the benefits of membership in the Seafarers Union. Kubrick provided his own sound and camera equipment, and was able to utilize the 'Seafarers Log' editorial staff as his crew. The goal of the film was to recruit young men into a life at sea by extolling the benefits of the union. In the decades that followed, aspiring directors would hone their technique in specialized film schools, but for the young Kubrick, the short documentaries he made were his film school. Originally produced as a motion picture by the Dept. of Education of the AFL-CIO in 1953. 28 min. Video/C 7629

Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists
A documentary about the history of the American Communist Party from the thirties onward. A film by James Klein, Julia Reichert. 100 min. Video/C 2931

Klehr, Harvey. "Seeing Red." Labor History; Winter85, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p138, 6p UC users only

Serving With Dignity
This documentary spotlights a usually ignored segment of working-class America: the women who make the food-service industry run. This film profiles three single, ethnic women who work as waitresses, the challenges they face daily, and how they feel about their jobs. Produced, directed and written by Gia M. Amella. 1996. 30 min. Video/C MM827

Sewing Woman.
This program tells the story of Zem Ping Dong, an immigrant who worked in America's garment factories for over 30 years and her struggle, along with other Chinese women, to leave war-torn China for a new life in America. 1982?. 14 min. Video/C 1485

NAATA catalog description

Shift Change(Livelyhood; episode 1)
Looks at how working Americans are adapting to changes in the workplace due to downsizing, the effects of the global economy, temporary jobs, and new technology. 1997. 56 min., 46 sec. Video/C MM1111

Songs for Political Action [SOUND RECORDING]
Disc one, The leftist roots of the folk revival. Disc two, Theatre and cabaret performers, 1936-1941. Sound/D 75-79 See Pathfinder for contents listing

Stories from the Mines
A documentary that recounts the epic human rights conflict between immigrant anthracite coal miners, turn-of-the-century industrialists and the United States government. The film blends dramatic re-enactments with archival film footage and photographs to show how America's ascendency as the world's pre-eminent superpower was fueled by the extraordinary social and industrial impact of anthracite coal mining in northeastern Pennsylvania. c2002. 57 min. DVD 2015

Strikes, Lies, and Videotape: Labor in the Media
A discussion of the press coverage of labor issues and strikes, intercut with man-on-the-street opinions. ASHP director Stephen Brier interviews Janine Jackson, resident director of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting. 1991. 27 min. Video/C 7701

Strikestory: San Francisco Before the '34.
Chronicles the events of the "big strike" in the summer of 1934 when dock workers and seamen shut down every West coast port from San Diego to Seattle. 100,000 workers in San Francisco staged a general strike that paralyzed the city and eventually resulted in legislation giving workers the right to organize unions. 199?. 60 min. Video/C 2625

Stripped and Teased: Tales from Las Vegas Women.
Documentary on life in Las Vegas as seen by women in various occupations. Each woman is first seen on the job, describing what her work entails. Ensuing segments of the film take the women to other settings, where they talk about a broad spectrum of activities and concerns: gambling, housing, family life, personal relationships, leisure-time activities, and aspirations for the future. The documentary also includes images of Las Vegas as tourist mecca, with interviews with the stereotypical Las Vegas woman: showgirls and exotic dancers. c1998. 62 min. Video/C 7952

Struggles in Steel : A Story of African-American Steelworkers.
Interviews with more than 70 retired black steelworkers who tell of struggles with the company, the union and white co-workers to break out of the black job ghetto. Film traces a century of black industrial history--the use of blacks as strikebreakers against the all-white union during the 1892 Homestead Strike, the Great Migration of fieldworkers to the North in World War I, the racial divisions between workers during the Great Steel Strike of 1919 and the ultimate success of the CIO organizing drives of the 1930s. When black vets returned to the mills after WWII, they were still locked into the worst jobs with no rights to bid on better-paying, higher-skilled work. The steelworkers recount how they finally won agreement in 1974 compelling the company and the union to set hiring and promotion goals for women and minorities.1996. 58 min. Video/C 4465

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There's No Such Thing as Women's Work.
Gives a history of women's roles in the American work place, from the colonial period up to the present. Washington, D.C.: Women's Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Labor ; National Women's History Project. 198?. 30 min. DVD X522 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1782

Through Conflict to Negotiation.
Shows what occurs when a community action group in Rochester, N.Y., confronts the largest employer in the community on the issue of corporate responsibility and the employment of minority groups. 1968. 46 min. Video/C MM906

Tobacco Blues.
Four American tobacco farming families share their struggles and concerns about their dependency on a crop in decline. They all face the problem of whether to continue to raise the doomed crop, or whether to risk their future on something untried and new. The farmers are presented as neither victims nor villians, but as hard working families who love their land and their way of life. 1997. 58 min. Video/C 7024

Los Trabajadores (The Workers)
"We build the buildings, we do the hardest jobs, and still they don't want us." Los Trabajadores tells the story of immigrant day laborers, placing their struggles and contributions in the context of the economic development of Austin, Texas. Through the stories of Juan from Nicaragua and Ramon from Mexico, and through the controversy surrounding the relocation of a day labor site from downtown to a residential neighborhood, the film examines the misconceptions and contradictions inherent in America's dependence on and discrimination against immigrant labor. As Juan says, "they say Austin is growing, but thanks to whom?" Produced, directed, edited by Heather Courtney. 2003. 48 min. DVD 6655

Trade Secrets: Blue Collar Women Speak Out.
Four women, an ironworker, welder,sprinkler fitter, and electrician reveal how their lives changed when they entered into the traditional male world of skilled crafts. 1985. 23 min. Video/C 906

The Trials of Juan Parra.
Records presentation of the play and interviews of Parra, some actors and audience on the firing of Parra from Watsonville Canning & Frozen Food Company. c1985. 28 min. Video/C 1399

Triangle Fire
The fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the gruesome culmination of years of unrest in America's most profitable manufacturing industry. Two years earlier, led by a spontaneous walkout in the same factory, twenty thousand garment workers, in the largest women's strike in American history, took to the streets of New York to protest working conditions. They gained the support of both progressives and leading women in New York's society. Directed by Jamila Wignot. Originally produced in 2011 as a segment on the television series American Experience. 60 min. DVD X5999

Trouble Behind.
White racism is discussed in the context of the town of Corbin, Ky., where on Oct. 31, 1919 a race riot drove all of the Black residents out of town. Since that date few Blacks have attempted to settle in Corbin. Residents are interviewed to give their perceptions of whether or not racism still exists in their town. 1990.56 min. Video/C 3783

Troubled Harvest.
Examines the health and safety hazards which confront America's agricultural laborers. c1990. 30 min. Video/C 3353

Type/caste: A Secretary with a Camera
Although the early 20th century "working girl" epitomized independence and modernity, by the end of the century the "secretary" had become the symbol of female subservience. This innovative documentary was shot and edited over a period of several years by a secretary working in downtown San Francisco. Loosely structured as a "day in the life" of a secretary, the film is a funny and compelling look inside the traditional female role in the American workplace. The film effectively interweaves narration, information on the history of clerical workers in the United States, interviews, the voices of secretaries, and provocative music, poetry, and performance to create a multilayered and highly discussible filmic essay that will stimulate thought and debate in a wide variety of courses in women's studies, labor studies, sociology, psychology, and American studies. Produced by Eileen Flanagan. c2002. 36 min. DVD X2630 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM543

Uncle Sam and the Bolsheviki-I.W.W. Rat
Political cartoon, produced by the Ford Motor Co. ca. 1919. 40 seconds DVD 8670

The Unheard; Victims of Fashion: Selected Works by Tania Cervantes
The unheard: Interviews with undocumented laborers who wait on American street corners for work. They respond to such questions as: Why are they really here? What do they do? What problems do they face? What are their attitudes? Victims of fashion: Examines the conditions in sweatshops in the Mission District of San Francisco. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 10 min. DVD X6962

Union Maids.
Presents an adaptation of the book entitled Rank and file by Alice Lynd, about the American labor movement in the 1930's. Relates the personal experiences of three militant women who tried to organize laborers in this period. Each recalls the Depression and the intolerable conditions through which they lived and worked. They discuss the role of women in labor unions then and now, the relationship to the Women's Liberation Movement, and the future of labor unions in the United States. A film by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein. 1976. 48 min. Video/C 4705

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United Rairoad Employees Strike, 1917
Shot in San Francisco in 1917, this brief newsreel presents marching bands leading disgruntled striking San Francisco laborers. 2 min. DVD 2649

Uno Veintecinco.
1962 documentary film by Harvey Richards. Shows the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), AFL-CIO, strike to get lettuce pickers in California $1.25 / hour. Reviews history of labor organizing in California's fields. A film by Harvey Richards. 1962. 20 min. DVD 4247; also VHS Video/C 2796

The Uprising of '34
This films tells the story of the General Strike of 1934, a massive but little-known strike by hundreds of thousands of southern textile workers. After three weeks the strike was stopped, the strikers denied jobs. Sixty years later this strike is virtually unknown, and union representation in the South still suspect. Produced and directed by George Stoney and Judith Helfand. 1995. 87 min. Video/C 7453

Abrash, Barbara; Whiteman, David. "The Uprising of '34: Filmmaking as Community Engagement." Wide Angle 21.2, March 1999 UC users only
Gaines, Jane. "Radical Attractions: The Uprising of '34" Wide Angle - Volume 21, Number 2, March 1999, pp. 101-119 UC users only
Rosenzweig, Roy. "The Uprising of '34." Labor History; Fall96, Vol. 37 Issue 4, p535-536, UC users only

Viva la Causa!
Explores the concept of union and community in action as illustrated by the farm worker movement led by Cesar Chavez as they organized to improve their lives. Explains that although some opposed their effort, it was gradually successful. United Farm Workers of America, 1970. 23 min. DVD X2608 [Preservation Copy]; Video/C 4071

Voces del Campo (Voices of the Fields)
Documentary follows farmworkers from California's Salinas Valley who have returned to their roots in the fields of rural Mexico, where they recount their everyday struggle on family farms to cope in the midst of the globalization of agriculture and the impact of NAFTA. 1995. 45 min. Video/C 6856

Wage Slaves: Not Getting By in America
Looks at five people working in low-wage jobs in Nevada, Alabama, California, and Florida who are not earning enough to support themselves or their families as the minimum wage does not cover basic needs. It compares the people living at the povety level in America with people in other countries and finds that poor Americans are in worse shape because of the cost of living. Based on the book Nickel and dimed / by Barbara Ehrenreich (Morrison Rm HD4918.E375 2001; Bus & Econ HD4918.E375 2001 Soc Welfare HD4918.E375 2001 DESK. Originally presented on the A&E television program Investigative Reporets in 2002. 89 min. DVD 3173; vhs Video/C 9733

Waging a Living
More than 30 million Americans are stuck in jobs that pay less than the federal poverty level for a family of four. Shot over a 3 year period, this documentary chronicles the day-to-day struggles of four low-wage earners to support their families. Jean Reynolds (nursing assistant) and Mary Venittelli (waitress) of New Jersey, Jerry Longoria (security guard) of San Francisco, and Barbara Brooks (student and single mother) of Freeport, N.Y. relate their dreams, frustrations, and accomplishments. Produced and directed by Roger Weisberg. 2004. 85 min. DVD 3660

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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.
Looks at the effect Wal-Mart stores have on local businesses, their employees' economic status, the rights of women and minorities as Wal-Mart Associates, the lack of environmental responsibility by Wal-Mart starting with corporate headquarters on down, and the exploitation of Chinese and Bangladesh workers. Shows that Wal-Mart has concern for its own profits by heavy in-store security but well-known lack of security in their parking lots which have an inordinate amount of crime. Gives some case studies of activist groups that have won some victories for the workers and have prevented construction of Wal-Mart stores in various communities. Produced & directed by Robert Greenwald. Special features: Making of segments, film highlights, a call to action, and parodies of Wal-Mart commercials. 2005. 97 min. DVD 4619; vhs Video/C MM1096

Watsonville on Strike.
Relates events of strike of Mexican American frozen food workers in Watsonville California, commencing September 1985 and lasting 18 months. English and Spanish. 1989. 65 min. Video/C 1400

We Dig Coal, a Portrait of Three Women.
Shows how, through courage, determination, and persistence, Mary Louise Carson, Bernice Domroski, and Marilyn McCusker won jobs in a man's world as coal miners in Pennsylvania. 1981. 58 min. Video/C 912

We Have Fed You All a Thousand Years [SOUND RECORDING]
Traditional tunes from the "Little Red Songbook," published by the I.W.W. labor union in the early 20th century. Contents: The boss (0:19) -- We have fed you all a thousand years (1:59) -- Sheep and goats (1:02) -- The timberbeast's lament (1:41) -- Dump the bosses off your back (4:15) -- The lumberjack's prayer (1:48) -- Mr. Block (4:27) -- The preacher and the slave (4:12) -- The popular Wobbly (2:04) -- Casey Jones ; the union scab (2:57) -- Where the Fraser River flows (2:53) -- Bread and roses (2:56) -- Joe Hill (4:14) -- Union burying ground (3:31) -- The two bums (1:02) -- Hallelujah, I'm a bum (5:28) -- Solidarity forever (4:19) -- There is power in a union (3:42). Performer: Utah Phillips, vocals and guitar. 1993. Sound/D 100

Who Wants Unions?
A documentary which explores violent union-busting, both past and recent. Looks at current management techniques to ward off unions by using psychologists, management consultants, and interactive workshops. Documenting the viewpoints of both labor and management, raises the question: Who wants unions? 1984. 27 min. Video/C 579 NRLF #: B 4 175 360

Who's the Enemy? (Made in America; 1).
Asian countries are trying to leapfrog out of third-world status by building a well-educated workforce, and even some places in the U. S. are trying to lure high-tech industries with the same approach. So whose fault is it that Japan took almost the whole consumer electronics industry away from the United States? c1992. 50 min. Video/C 2585

The Willmar 8: A Film About Working Women.
Tells about the eight women who went on strike in Willmar, Minn., because of employment discrimination. Tells how they formed their own independent union and that even though they lost, they found new strength. 1977. 55 min. 3/4" UMATIC. Video/C 339

California Newsreels catalog description

Winners and Losers. (Made in America; 3)
The U.S. once counted on manufacturing most of the clothes its citizens wore, but half that business has gone to low-wage third world countries. As a result, many American manufacturers struggle, American workers have lost their jobs, and Americans pay higher prices for their clothes. Is it worth it? c1992. 58 min. Video/C 2587

With Babies and Banners: A History of the Women's Emergency Brigade.
Combines archival footage and interviews tracing the role of women in the formation of the United Auto Workers. Focuses on the contributions of the Women's Emergency Brigade to the labor movement of the 1930's. Producers, Anne Bohlen, Lyn Goldfarb, Lorraine Gray. 1978. 45 min. Video/C 380

Description from New Day Films catalog

Borda, J. L. "Feminist critique and cinematic counterhistory in the documentary With Babies and Banners." Women's Studies in Communication, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 157-182, 2005 UC users only

The Wobblies.
Former members of the Industrial Workers of the World reveal their feelings, motivations, beliefs, and actions. Uses union songs, posters, paintings, archival stills, and motion footage to trace the causes and effects of the one big industrial union that welcomeed unskilled, Black, and female workers into its ranks during the early part of this century. Includes words of famous industrialists, financiers, and other Wobbly opponents as well. Directed by Steward Bird and Deborah Shaffer. 1981. 89 min. DVD 5983; vhs Video/C 755

Women in the Workforce & Gender Films
This compilation features films about women in the workforce during the 1940s and 1950s. Gender roles have evolved substantially since these films were made, but the old gender biases run rampant through this collection. In many of the films, women are portrayed as emotional, troublesome workers, who should be relegated to secretarial and clerical work. Disc 1. Supervising women workers (1944) (11 min.) -- The bright young newcomer (1958) (6 min.) -- Office etiquette (1950) (13 min.) -- Office courtesy: meeting the public (1952) (11 min.) -- The front line (1965) (15 min.). Disc 2. You can tell by the teller (1945) (18 min.) -- I want to be a secretary (1941) (16 min.) -- The secretary's day (1947) (11 min.) -- Women working in a factory [Undated, silent] (5 min.). DVD 8281

World War II Labor Films
Presents sixteen films on American arms production and the efforts of American industry and labor to "back the attack" during World War II. Contents: All out for victory (1943, 20 min.) -- Close harmony / sponsored by General Motors (1942, 11 min.) -- Conquer by the clock (1943, 11 min.) -- Deadline for action (1946, 37 min.) / by the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Union -- Manpower (1943, 9 min.) -- Men and jobs (1944, 9 min.) -- Oldsmobile "Playlets": 6 short films (1942, 5 min) -- Suggestion box (1945, 9 min.) -- Supervising women workers (1944, 10 min.) -- Test tube tale (1941, 10 min.) -- The arm behind the army (1942, 10 min.) -- The great swindle / recruitment film by the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Union (1948, 32 min.) -- These people (1944, 15 min.) -- Three cities (1943, 10 min.) -- Victory is our business / General Motors (1942, 10 min.) -- When work is done (1943, 9 min.) DVD 8714

The Wrath of Grapes.
Presents interviews with workers and farm owners on the use of pesticides on commercial grape orchards. Workers discuss the health problems involved in working in various pesticide environments. 16 min. DVD 7102 [preservation copy]; Video/C 1643
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Labor Leaders

[Besant, Annie] Annie Besant: An Unlikely Rebel
Examines the life and work of British labor union leader, women's rights activist, social reformer and theosophist Annie Besant. Includes the match girls strike of 1888 and other social reform activities throughout her life as a writer and orator. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors and academics. Supplementary feature included on Adventures of young Indiana Jones ; Volume one) c2007. 27 min. DVD X233

[Bridges, Harry] From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks
A documentary film about Harry Bridges who had a profound effect on the American labor movement. It is focused around a filmed performance of Ian Ruskin's one-man play which explores Bridges' early life, the creation of the ILWU, his campaigns for social justice, and the four trials he endured during his quest for citizenship and was performed in San Pedro, California for a packed house of 1000 longshore workers. Special features (Disc 2): Ports of call (footage and interviews at ports connected to Harry's life); creative contributors; I, L.W.U. Local 10 and 13 members; Nelson Mandela at the Oakland Coliseum; Ian Ruskin as Harry at an anti-war march and at a San Francisco rally; stories from people who knew Harry; Bill Moyers in conversation with Harry (excerpts -- 1973); film biography; and slide show of Harry and work on the waterfront. Directed by Haskell Wexler. 2007. 91 min. DVD X4469

[Bridges, Harry] Harry Bridges: A Man and His Union.
Sympathetic biographical overview of the life of the union organizer, Harry Bridges and his struggles to organize stevedores on West Coast American ports. Includes the unsuccessful attempt to deport him by industry mogels and politicians hostile to his labor movement and the current impact of mechanization and containerization on Stevedores and other dock laborers. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 1992. 60 min. Video/C 2550

[Bridges, Harry] A Portrait Harry Bridges.
Biographical overview of the life and struggles of the union organizer, Harry Bridges. From the television series We Do The Work. Video/C 2789

[Chavez, Cesar] The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle.
The story of Cesar Chavez, the charismatic founder of the United Farmworkers Union and the history and impact of the movement that he inspired. The heart of the UFW, Chavez remains the most important Latino leader in this country's history. The activities he and his dedicated organizers led inspired the Chicano activism of the 1960's and '70's, helping to create a Latino civil rights movement. Film includes archival footage, newsreels and present-day interviews with activists, politicians and Chavez family members. Produced and directed by Ray Telles, Rick Tejada-Flores. 1997. 115 min. DVD 8780; vhs Video/C 4746

Ferriss, Susan and Ricardo Sandoval. The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement. New York: Harcourt Brace, c1997; Main (Gardner) Stacks; UCB Moffitt HD6509.C48 F47 1997

Gallegos, Aaron. "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Struggle." (television program reviews) Sojourners v26, n3 (May-June, 1997):59 (3 pages).
Goodman, Walter. "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Struggle." (television program reviews) New York Times v146 (Wed, April 16, 1997):B6(N), C18(L), col 5, 2 col in
Harvey, Dennis. "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Struggle." (movie reviews) Variety v365, n12 (Jan 27, 1997):79 (2 pages).
Weintraub, Irwin. "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle." (video recording reviews) Library Journal v122, n13 (August, 1997):152 (2 pages).

[Debs, Eugene Victor] Eugene Debs and the American Movement.
A biographical sketch of Eugene V. Debs, labor leader, industrial unionist, and American Socialist, in Deb's own words, narrated from his speeches and writings. From after the Civil War until his death in 1926, Debs was part of U.S. history at a time when the foundations of modern industrial and corporate America were established. In this fifty year period, Debs was influenced by events as diverse as the massive railroad strike of 1877, the rapid growth of monopolies in the 1890s, World War I during which he was jailed for opposing the war, and the Russian Revolution. 1977. 44 min. Video/C 7298

Cambridge Documentary catalog description

[Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley] Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: The Rebel Girl
Discusses the life of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890-1964), one of this country's most famous and important union organizers, radical activists, and defenders of civil rights. Rare archival photographs, historical film footage and recordings of her speeches shed light on her role as labor leader, orator and self-proclaimed revolutionist. c1993. 20 min. Video/C MM688

[Gunning, Sarah Ogan] Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1910-1983.
Reminiscences by fellow musicians, friends and relatives of the events in this folk singer's life. Sarah performs some of her own songs which protest the working conditions of Kentucky coal miners and became a rallying point for the establishment of trade-unions for the coal miners. Producer/director/editor, Mimi Pickering. 1988. 39 min. Video/C 3847

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[Lemlich, Clara] Clara Lemlich: A Strike Leader's Diary
On November 22, 1909, New York City garment workers gathered at Cooper Union to discuss pay cuts, unsafe working conditions and other grievances. After two hours of indecisive speeches by male union leaders, a young Jewish woman strode down the aisle and demanded the floor. Speaking in Yiddish, she passionately urged her coworkers to go out on strike. Clara Lemlich, a flegling union organizer, thus launched the "Uprising of the 20,000," when, two days later, garment workers walked out of shops all over the city. A film by Alex Szalat. c2004. 51 min. DVD 4653

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Stone-Gordon, Tammy. "Clara Lemlich: A Strike Leader's Diary" Film & History, Spring2011, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p159-161, 3p UC users only

[Randolph, A. Philip] A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs & Freedom.
Biography of the African American labor leader, journalist, and civil rights activist, A. Philip Randolph. Randolph won the first national labor agreement for a black union, The Sleeping Car porters. His threat of a protest march on Washington forced President Roosevelt to ban segregation in the federal government and defense industries at the onset of WWII and again he forced Truman to integrate the military. Finally with the 1963 March on Washington, Randolph succeeded in placing civil rights at the forefront of the nation's legislative agenda as he passed the torch to Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes music of the labor and civil rights movements. 86 min. DVD X4645; Video/C 4127

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[Reuther, Walter] Sit Down and Fight: Walter Reuther and The Rise of the Auto Workers Union. (American Experience)
Tells the story of Walter Reuther, a man whose leadership and vision of worker's rights changed the way America worked. c1992. 58 min. Video/C 2845

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Labor: Latin America

Bitter Cane
Examines the Feudal plantation system of agriculture in Haiti and the social class structure that this system creates. Repressive policies by the elite and the exploitation of Haitian labor by multinational corporations, particularly American firms, are analyzed as promoting this class system and the economic underdevlopment of the country. Dist.: Cinema Guild. c1983. 75 min. Video/C 3450

Black Sugar
Examines the mistreatment of Haitian laborers hired to cut sugar cane on plantations owned by the Dominican Republic State Sugar Council. Describes fraudulent recruitment promises, the practice of confiscating workers' official papers, extremely low wages, and the squalor, disease, and hunger of the work camps. 1989. 58 min. Video/C 1753

The Devil's Miner
The story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico (Potosi). Abandoning their Catholic beliefs, Cerro Rico miners believe that Satan, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the mines, determines whether they live or die there. A film by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani. 2005. 82 min. DVD 5345

Falling Into the Trade Gap
Do you know where your fashions come from? This video introduces you to Leslie, a 16 year old Honduran girl, who makes sweaters for Liz Claiborne, earning 60 cents for each one completed. Her story is a common one among many girls in Central America. In countries across the region young women work 12 hour days making clothing for U.S. companies such as Liz Claiborne and the Gap. Charles Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee joins Paper Tiger in piecing together this ironic tale of the bitter reality behind these popular clothing manufacturers. New York: Paper Tiger Television, 1995. 30 min. Video/C MM1212

Geraldo Off-line
Part 2 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. Geraldo da Sousa worked his way out of a shanty-town in Brazil into a job in a Ford car factory. Then he was told he no longer had a job because of the financial meltdown in faraway South East Asia. Was that just an excuse or the harsh reality of the new globalized economy? In this film, with the help of investigative journalist Jon Alpert, Geraldo sets out to find out. 2000. 24 min. Video/C 7762

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H-2 Worker.
From WWI to the 1990s, 10,000 Caribbean men were chosen yearly by American sugar corporations to harvest sugar cane for six months in Florida under temporary "H-2" visas. This film exposes the brutal, systematic exploitation of these Jamaican guest workers by the Florida sugar cane industry. Today this documentary provides an invaluable resource to understanding the current debate over guest worker provisions of immigration legislation. While Florida’s sugar cane cutters have been replaced by mechanical harvesters, guest worker programs have expanded in agriculture, hotel, restaurant, forestry, and other industries. Contents: Farm Worker Program acceptance -- A ton of cane an hour -- "Hereditary urge" -- Not much sugar in cane -- From barracks to bus to field -- American labor doesn't want that job -- A matter of simple arithmetic -- My turn to get cut -- The probability is not there -- The Okeelanta strike -- See you next season. Special features: Update on the guest worker program (19 min.); Short: "More than luck" (1 min.); Trailer: "Life and debt" (2 min.); Audio commentary by director Stephanie Black [optional]; About Docurama [text feature]; Docurama trailers (9 min.). Produced and directed by Stephanie Black c1990. 67 min. DVD X6090; Video/C 2324

Los herederos: un documental (The Inheritors)
Depicts the lives of children and their families who labor in the Mexican countryside. The film takes us into the agricultural fields, where children barely bigger than the buckets they carry, work long hours, in often hazardous conditions, picking tomatoes, peppers, or beans, for which they are paid by weight. Everyone-from the frailest elders to the smallest of toddlers-must work revealing how the cycle of poverty is passed on, from one generation to another. A film by Eugenio Polgovsky. c2008. 90 min. DVD X2318

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In Cane for Life (A vida em cana)
An environmental law has ruled that by 2015 practically all cane harvesting must be mechanized. This video portrays the daily routine of the 800,000 people in Brazil who cut sugar cane for a living. Directed by Jorge Wolney Attala. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 69 min. Video/C MM1267

In the Pit (En el hoyo)
A powerful documentary about the personal struggles behind the construction of a massive elevated freeway over Mexico City. With lyricism and compassion, this reveals the medieval nightmare underneath an ambitious utopian dream. Mexico City's Periferico Beltway, more than ten miles of elevated reinforced concrete, supported by massive towers, has been planned to both soar above and link the city's densely gridlocked urban neighborhoods. But while the roadway is a spectacular miracle of modern architectural design, it comes with a human cost. Written and directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo. 2006. 84 min. DVD 8334

Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema - Documentary

Leaving Home.
Examines the Mexico-U.S. Free Trade Agreement by looking at how workers on both sides of the border have been affected by the maquiladora program. Economists, free trade advocates, and Latino community leaders debate our free trade future. 199?. 60 min. Video/C 2626

Making Sense of Free Trade
Steve Brier discusses the complex labor and economic issues involved in ratification of NAFTA with Edgar De Jesus of the NY Board of ACTWU, and Peter Connelly, UAW Local 664. 1993. 30 min. Video/C 77009

Maquila: A Tale of Two Mexicos (Emerging Powers)
This documentary presents the pros and cons of the maquiladora (or maquila) an export manufacturing program established by the Mexican Government and looks at industrialization in Mexico after NAFTA, considering low wages, working conditions, environmental and cultural impact. 2000. 55 min. Video/C 7459

Maquilapolis (City of Factories)
Explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's assembly factories and the female laborers who have organized themselves for social action. Carmen earns six dollars a day but she is not a victim. She is a dynamic young woman, busy making a life for herself and her children. In "Maquilapolis," Carmen and her friend Lourdes confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos, reaching beyond their daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on both the Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer. The women also use video cameras to document their lives, their city and their hopes for the future. Produced and directed by Vicky Funari, Sergio De La Torre. 2006. 68 min. DVD 6606
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Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti: Walt Disney and the Science of Exploitation
Reports on the use of cheap labor by the Walt Disney Company in its clothing factories in Haiti. Advocates that Disney clean up contractors' factories, guarantee workers' rights, pay a living wage, and open their plants to independent human rights organizations to monitor conditions. 1996. 20 min. Video/C 9436

NAFTA: A 3-way Tie for Last.
Examines the "unheard voices" of the debate centering around the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, U.S. and Mexico. Presents the concerns of Canadian, American and Mexican workers, native Americans, farmers and environmentalists who perceive NAFTA to be a "dangerous" trade policy. 1993. 28 min. Video/C 3642

Performing the Border
Set in the Mexican border town Ciudad Juarez where U.S. industries assemble their electronic and digital equipment, this film examines the socioeconomic problems of the Mexican-American border region, focusing on hardships faced by women in newly urbanized areas. A film by Ursula Biemann. 1999. 43 min. DVD 5503; vhs Video/C 1079

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Sweet Sugar Rage.
Examines the problems of working conditions, labor relations, and domestic complications faced by women working on Jamaican sugar plantations. Shows how the Sistren Theatre Collective studied the plight of one woman sugar worker, wrote a play based on her situation, and used their performance of this play for an audience of sugar workers as a basis for a problems. Directed by Honor Ford-Smith & Harclyde Walcott. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 1985. 45 min. Video/C 3593

Labor: East Asia

Behind the Labels
Lured by false promises and driven by desperation, thousands of Chinese and Filipina women pay high fees to work in garment factories on the pacific island of Saipan, the only U.S. territory exempt from labor and immigration laws. The clothing they sew, bearing the "Made in the USA" label, is shipped duty and quota-free to the U.S for sale by The GAP, J. Crew, Polo and other retailers. Powerful hidden camera footage, along with the garment workers' personal stories, offers a rare glimpse into indentured labor and the workings of the global sweatshop where 14 hour shifts, payless paydays, and lock-downs are routine. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2001. 46 min. DVD 3261

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China Blue
Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. Filmed both in the factory and in the workers' faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society. Directed by Micha X. Peled. 2005. 88 min. DVD 6984
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Chinese Workers in Disney's World: Those With Justice
An investigation into the exploitative working conditions of workers from rural provinces of China who have immigrated to Shenzhen to work in the Hung Hing Printing Factory which has contracted to Walt Disney Company for the production of children's books. c2005. 11 min. Video/C MM997

If Japan Can...Why Can't We?
Looks at the causes for Japan's high industrial growth rate and the essentially static condition of U.S. industry. Shows that high reinvestment, worker input and support, and a self-monitored quality control system are factors that have contributed to Japan's success. Points out that American industry can benefit from examining these factors and implementing some of the methods to increase productivity. 3/4" Umatic format. 1980. 77 min. Video/C 345

Inside Japan, Inc. (Pacific Century; 6)
Examines the economic miracle of post-war Japan and the increasing tensions between Japan and the United States because of Japan's resolve to control its own economic destiny. 1992. 60 min. Video/C 2501

Manufacturing Miracles: A Japanese Firm Reinvents Itself.
Shows how Mazda formalized joint labor-management consultation throughout the firm and invested heavily in comprehensive training, eventually transforming itself into an integrated "neural network", continually responsive to a rapidly changing global economy. 32 min. Video/C 1227

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Examines the lives and working conditions of migrant Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong. Discusses the labor abuses and hardships they face and the social costs of separation from their families. In Tagalog with English subtitles. 1988. 44 min. Video/C 6245

Working Sister (Da gong mei)
Seventeen-year-old farm girl Xu Li Li works in a factory in the south, and travels the 1000 miles home to her family farm for the New Year. One of the 'da gong mei', the working sisters, she talks about her life at the factory and back home on the farm. Writer/director/producer Jennifer Stephens. c1998. 28 min. Video/C MM596

Labor: South/Southeast Asia

Over the past decade, India has emerged as the leader in the global market for white-collar "outsourcing" jobs-- a notable component of India's rapid economic growth. This documentary explores the experience of young Indian men and women who have been recruited into these new jobs requiring long hours, night shifts, and westernized work habits. Also reveals the human and cultural effect on Indian family life, the evolving cities and towns, and on the aspirations and daily lives of young Indians, especially women, entering the work force. Dist.: Films Media Group. Originally broadcast on PBS television program Wide angle on Sept. 13, 2005. 57 min. DVD 6570

King of Calls DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721

The Burning Mines: Impact of Coal Mining on Women
A documentary on the family life of coal miners of Bhubaneswar, India, with particular reference to its impact on women. PAL format. 1998. 33 min. Video/C 7926

Calcutta Calling
A snapshot of globalization at work in the 21st century. This documentary follows Vikeel Uppal, a young man who works in a busy calling center, as he gets tutored in the English language, learns pronunciation from commercials and movies, and watches English soccer matches to gain insight into the people he calls on a daily basis. Director, Andre Hormann. Dist. Cinema Guild. c2005. 17 min. DVD 8682

King of Calls DVD X1299
Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

Chain of Love (Keten van liefde)
A documentary examining the Philippines' second largest export product--maternal love [domestic workers]--and how this export affects the women involved, their families in the Philippines, and families in the West. The money the expatriates earn in the West is sent home to the Philippines, where local help is hired to look after their children. This money is the Philippines' largest source of income in foreign currency. A film by Marije Meerman. 2001. 50 min. DVD 8490; vhs Video/C 9325
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The Dhobighat is the world's largest out-door laundry. Here 4,000 members of the Dhobi caste work night and day to guarantee an essential service to Bombay's 15 million inhabitants. Most Dhobias are illiterate, but they are highly organized and efficient. An intriguing example of how India's caste system works. 2004. 48 min. DVD 4588

Diverted to Delhi
The toll-free telephone numbers used to place orders are often answered thousands of miles away by Indians trained to speak and think like Americans, or Brits or Australians. This film follows a group of university graduates through a rigorous 3-week course which they hope will prepare them for prestigious, well paying positions in these call centers. Over 200 of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies now choose to service their clients via Indian call centers where labor and set-up costs are low and the staff highly educated. c2002. 55 min. DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721

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King of Calls DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
1-800-INDIA DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721

Fragile Promise
What promise does the new millennium hold for Asia's vast army of child laborers? One answer can be found in Bangalore, India where working children have organized a union to fight for their rights and welfare. This is the story of children changing their lives for the better, children for whom the future holds a fragile promise. 2001. 11 min. Video/C 9142

The Hidden Face of Globalization: What the Corporations Do Not Want Us to Know
Examines the working and living conditions of garmet factory workers in Bangladesh, calling for an end to child labor and sweatshop abuses. 2003. 34 min. Video/C MM996

India the Little Serfs
This program spotlights the exploitation of children in India as bond slaves in the rug-weaving, bangle-making, quarrying, and gemstone-cutting industries and the measures being taken to eradicate this practice. c2000. 45 min. Video/C 7840

India: Working to End Child Labor. (What in the World? People of the Developing Nations)
This documentary follows the lives of 5 child laborers in India: Bala (11) and Rama (9), stone cutters; an 8 year old girl who makes incense sticks; a 7 year old girl who works 10 hours a day in the poppy fields and a 10 year old boy who was pulled out of school to tend cattle. Also tells of the work of political science professor Shanta Sinha's program that rescues children from jobs and places them in a special school program. The film makes a strong case that child labor increases poverty levels. 2004. 26 min. DVD 5450

Indonesia: One Struggle, One Change
Interviews with Indonesians who have been affected by the repressive policies of the government against the labor movement and pro-democracy advocates. Labor organizers, students, East Timorese, political activists and workers speak out about life under the boot of the Suharto regime. It moves from an elderly farmer's scornful appraisal to the trials of activists from the outlawed People's Democratic Party. 1997. 30 min. Video/C 5405

The King of Calls
In a call center in India, young sales agents struggle to sell an unmarketable product and are at risk for losing their jobs. This poignant but humorous film points up the absurdities that can occur in the global telemarketing industry. Equipped with new American names and rudimentary English, they begin to pursue customers. Confusion reigns supreme, and no sales are made as the agents frantically dial, fearing the loss of their precious jobs. A film by Jens Pedersen. 29 min. DVD X1299

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Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721

Islands on Fire
A documentary on human rights abuses in Indonesia and East Timor stemming from the July 1966 government crackdown, highlighting the efforts of the opposition movement to bring democratic change to Indonesia and East Timor. Includes scenes of the July 27th riots and the 1991 Dili massacre in East Timor. The film also explores how U.S. companies exploit Indonesian labor, in particular the U.S.-owned Nike Corporation. 1996. 25 min. Video/C 3190

It Takes a Child: Craig Kielburger's Story: A Journey into Child Labour
In 1995 when child labor activist Iqbal Masih was killed in Pakistan, that event changed Craig Kielburger's life forever. He went on a seven-week trip to South Asia to find out everything he could about the lives of child laborers. What he learned has turned him into a passionate, articulate, and incredibly effective advocate on their behalf. With a group of his peers Craig has founded "Free the Children," a children's organization that now has 10,000 members in 20 countries. Director/writer, Judy Jackson. c1998. 56 min. Video/C 8118

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The Loom (Saacha)
A film about the poet Narayan Surve, the painter Sudhir Patwardhan, and the city of Mumbai (Bombay). Explores the work of Surve and Patwardhan, and their involvement in the Left movement, and looks at Mumbai as the origin and centre of the working class movement in India. Directed by Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar. 2001. 49 min. DVD 8918

Made in Thailand
A documentary about women factory workers in Thailand and their struggle to organize unions. In Thailand women make up 90% of the labor force responsible for garments and toys for export by multinational corporations. While probing the impact of the New World Order on populations that provide cheap labor in Thailand, the film also profiles women newly empowered by their campaign for human and worker's rights. Producers/directors, Eve-Laure Moros, Linzy Emery. 1999. 33 min. DVD X7113; Video/C 7084

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The Malaysian Migrant Worker (Correspondent BBC Two)
Malaysia once provided work for 2 million laborers from Thailand and Indonesia but with the economic downturn in Asia, Malaysia has now instituted "Operation Go Away." Many ethnic minorities employed in Malaysia are threatened with deportation and persecution if returned to their countries of origin. This film examines their plight and the conditions in detention camps in Malaysia where unwanted aliens are being held. 1999. 19 min. Video/C 7274

Examines the lives and working conditions of migrant Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong. Discusses the labor abuses and hardships they face and the social costs of separation from their families. In Tagalog with English subtitles. 1988. 44 min. Video/C 6245

Minsan lang sila bata
A Documentary film profiling child labor abuses in the Philippines through commentary by the children themselves about their lives and work. In Tagalog and various languages with Tagalog subtitles. 1996. 50 min. Video/C 5658

Miyah: The Life of a Javanese Woman
An intimate portait of a Javanese woman who works as a servant and cook for a family in Jakarta, Indonesia. Miyah represents millions of rural dwellers who seek work in the cities and whose labor undergirds Asia's economies. While many aspects of her life are specific to circumstances in Indonesia, Miyah also presents women all over the world who must struggle with the day to day problems of making a living to support not only her own children but also her aging parents. c1999. 33 min. Video/C 9467

Modern Heroes, Modern Slaves
Shows the human and sometimes tragic side of the overseas contract worker from the Philippines, where each day, thousands of women leave to seek work as domestics in more prosperous countries. 1997. 45 min. Video/C 7273

Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night
A documentary about the outsourcing of American jobs to India. From the perspective of an Indian immigrant living in the United States, using humor and satire to capture the lives of Indian telemarketers who undergo voice and accent training to speak to U.S. customers with an American accent. A complex look at life as per Eastern Standard Time in India. A film by Sonali Gulati. 2005. 27 min. DVD 5383

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Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721
King of Calls DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

Outsourcing: White Collar Exodus
Contents: The death of distance -- A twist of the twine -- My job went to India and all I got was this lousy t-shirt -- Regulation -- Good-bye middle class -- Sushi and tulips -- There is only one constant: change.

More than two million jobs have been outsourced from the U.S. to India since 2000. This documentary explores factors that encourage the outsourcing (U.S. laws, special training and cheap wages in India ...) and the impact the outsourcing has on both the U.S. and Indian workers. Analysts consider possible U.S. policy and natural economic responses to the outsourcing. 2005. 50 min. DVD 4515

Welcome to Alang, India, the site of a gargantuan scrap yard where ocean-going ships come to die. Forty thousand Indians live and work here, dismembering and scavenging the hulks of 400 vessels every year. This documentary chronicles the daily lives of the people who work here, the barefoot men who take apart giant mountains of steel by hand, piece by piece, as they spend months toiling sun-up to sun-down destroying ship after ship. It is the world's most unregulated industry. Ship owners rarely bother to abide by the UN Base Convention, which bans shipments of transboundary waste. One worker a day, on average, dies on the job, from gas explosions, falls or from tons of falling steel. Still one in four will contract cancers caused by asbestos, PCBs or other toxic substances. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2005. 46 min. DVD 5647

American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

That's Why I'm Working
Families living in the slums of Dacca, Bangladesh are so poor that any income, even the pittance paid to child workers, is necessary for survival. Since today's child laborers are tomorrow's uneducated adults, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) started a 3-year primary course for Dacca's disadvantaged in 1996. The small schools with a 3-hour school day, are free and provide a first step away from the vicious cycle of poverty. c1999. 53 min. Video/C 7900

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Whose Children?
A documentary that raises basic questions about child labour in India's glass factories in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh exploring social, economic, legal and moral aspects of the issue. 2003. 30 min. DVD 4267

The Young Workers.
Looks at the emergence of child labor in India within a historical, societal context. Covers the history of child labor, legislation, alternatives and attempted intervention and concludes with case studies of the match industry in Sivakasi and powerloom industry in Bhivandi.1987. 68 min. PAL format Video/C 473

Labor: Europe

A bientôt, j'espère (Be Seeing You)
A film by Chris Marker. From 1967 to 1976 Chris Marker was a member of SLON (the "Company for the Launching of New Works"), which was based on the idea that cinema should not be thought of solely in terms of commerce. 1967 was also the year an important strike broke out at Rhodiaceta, a textile plant in Besancon, France. Chris Marker and members of SLON visited the city to document the strike and the lives and attitudes of the workers. The film's most important moments are composed of conversations with workers and their wives who believe the working class is at the mercy of a system that would like them to remain powerless. And so it was that their local demands grew to questions about the larger political system. Originally produced in 1968. 39 min. Video/C 9871

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Borinage (AKA MisèÃre de Borinage) (Netherlands, 1934)
Directors Joris Ivens, Henri Storck. "In 1933 Henri Storck, who was one of the leading figures of the Belgium film avant-garde, asked Joris Ivens to help him to make a film about the social consequences of the miners strike in the Borinage the year before. Arriving at this mine region Storck and Ivens forgot about aesthetics. As Henri Storck tells: " We stopped thinking about cinema and how to frame shots and instead bacame dominated by the irrepressible need to produce images as stark, bare, and sincere as possible to fit the cruel facts reality had thrown at us." In a sober style the film confronts the spectator with the misery of the miners; unemployed or exploited by the mine companies they were, with their families, expelled from their homes if they couldn't afford the rent. Ivens used the method of re-enactment to incorporate the miners strike of 1932 in the film." [Foundation Joris Ivens] Silent. 35 min. DVD X1698

Coal Face (UK, 1935)
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti. Heroic documentary on the life of work of British miners. 12 min. DVD 6061; also DVD X365; vhs Video/C 5024; Video/C 9417

Le dos au mur: six semaines de greve avec les travailleurs de l'Alsthom St. Ouen
Documentary footage of the strike and occupation of the factory Alsthom de Saint-Ouen; followed by Tangui Perron interview with Jean-Pierre Thorn, filmmaker and militant (16 min.) and two other featurettes. The industrial, sociological, and political context of France in the late 1970s is explored. A film by Jean-Pierre Thorn. In French without subtitles. 1980. 125 min. DVD X916

Granton Trawler.(1934)
Directed by John Grierson. Granton trawler is a documentary study of fishermen engaged in dragnet fishing in the 1930's off the coast of Scotland. 11 min. DVD 6061; vhs Video/C 5023

Help Wanted: Dynamics of the EU Labor Market
With a low birth rate and an aging workforce, the European Union needs immigrants--but how temporary or permanent their status should be is a matter of debate. This film examines existing and proposed guest worker programs, in addition to other EU measures, designed to address the results of globalization and shifting demographics. Focusing not only on the EU's tremendous economic advances but also on regions afflicted by poverty, the film looks at immigrant education, ambition, and self-employment, while sifting through issues such as worker job security and the growth of sex industries. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 26 min. DVD 9164

Night Mail(1936)
Night mail is the most celebrated documentary of the GPO Film Unit. Showing the Postal Special's nightly run from London to Scotland, it has all the qualities that British documentary stands for from its realism through its perfect structure to the inspirational character appeal. Producer, John Grierson ; directors, Harry Watt & Basil Wright ; music, Benjamin Britten; verse by W. H. Auden. DVD 6240; also vhs Video/C 999:524 and Video/C 5024
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Poland: We've Caught God by the Arm. (Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict)
In August, 1980, workers at the Gdansk shipyard went on strike. Lech Walesa was the chief negotiator for the workers, who avoided the mistakes of earlier strikes by maintaining strict nonviolent discipline--and by occupying their shipyard, to deter a violent crackdown by authorities. The strike quickly spread throughout the country and a new union was born named "Solidarity." The government imposed martial law and banned the union which continued its work underground until 1989 when it re-emerged as a revitalized political force, and won decisively in Poland's first free elections in 60 years. 2000. 31 min. Video/C 7376

Postadresse: 2640 Schloglmuhl (Austria, 1990)
A documentary about the social crisis caused by the closing of a factory which had once formed the social structure of a whole locality, which does not exist any longer. Between interviews with the unemployed, the camera scans scenes of the abandoned factory and a town in decay. A film by Egon Humer. In German without English subtitles. 81 min. DVD 7744

La primavera del 2002: l'Italia protesta, l'Italia si ferma
Follows the activities and demonstrations by members of the Italian labor union CGIL, as they mobilize Italians to protest the changes in labor laws promoted by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2002. Text accompanying videocassette: Diciottesimo parallelo : la ripresa del conflitto sociale in Italia / a cura di Gabriele Polo. 2002. In Italian. PAL format. 53 min. Video/C MM83

Struggles for Poland.
Discusses the history and politics of Poland in the 20th Century. 9 parts. 60 min. each installment

The Worker's State, 1970-1980. Documents through archival films, stills, interviews and readings, the creation of the Solidarity trade union and the Polish Government's unprecedented agreement to legalize independent trade unions. Chronicles the impact of Solidarity from 1970-1980. DVD X1323 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1247:9

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Labor: Middle East

This film is about the working conditions in Turkey's ship building industry. Its title, 4857, represents the number of workers who have been killed while at work in the Tuzla shipyards. It investigates the under-reported human side of the shipbuilding industry, where great profits are made and workers die. Directed by Petra Holzer, Selçuk Erzurumlu, Ethem Özgüven. 2008. 30 min. DVD X5899

Someone Else's War
In the background of the war in Iraq is an invisible army made up of more than 30,000 low-wage workers (TCNs, Third country nationals) from South and Southeast Asia. Working for a fraction of what American contractors earn in Iraq, these Asian workers do the dirty work on U.S. military bases--cleaning toilets, serving food and driving some of the most dangerous roads in the country. Yet few Americans outside of Iraq have ever seen or heard of these workers. Written, produced and directed by Lee Wang. 2006. Video/C MM1291

Labor: General and Miscellaneous

Child Labor. [Part 1]
First segment: Looks at Pakistan's system of child labor and the movement to abolish it with excerpts from "The Carpet," a documentary film by Magnus Bergmar. The segment concludes with an examination of the tragic death of Iqbal Masih and charges that his death was part of a conspiracy against him by Pakistan's carpet "mafia." Second segment: An interview with UNICEF deputy executive director, Guido Bertolaso. Broadcast April 25, 1995. Video/C 6720

Child Labor. [Part 2]
First segment: Investigates the complicity of U.S. corporations in the global exploitation of children through the promotion by celebrity endorsements of products produced by children in Third World Countries. Includes excerpts from the film "Zoned for slavery." Second segment: Examines the life a child worker in Pakistan's brick kiln industry through excerpts from the film "My life is mine," produced by Magnus Bergmar. Third segment: New York Times columnist, Bob Herbert, discusses the response of American corporations to the public outcry against child labor. Broadcast July 24, 1996. Video/C 6741

Cinderella of the Cape Flats(Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 2)
Everyday the working class Coloured women in the garment industry of the windswept flats around Cape Town toil anonymously to make clothes so that other women will look beautiful. Invariably they cannot afford these garments themselves. But for one day a year they come out in all their glory at the Annual Spring Queen pageant. The pageant is created by the workers and their trade union to bring their families together for an evening of solidarity and fun. Set against the preparation for the 2003 pageant, this film explores the lives of working women and celebrates them as creators of beauty. Although the end of apartheid has not taken away the drudgery of repetitive factory labor, this pageant shows working class women inventing their own lively folk culture. A film by Jane Kennedy. 2004. 58 min. DVD 5264

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Traces the history of manufacturing in American from special individual workshops, through assembly line to full automation. Discusses the ideas of Frederick Winslow Taylor in his search for increased productivity. c1981. 25 min. Video/C 1470

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Danger Children at Work(Life series 3)
Part of a series examining the issue of glabalization and its effect on ordinary people around the world. This segment looks at the production of fireworks by poor families and their children in Guatemala. Since the land is poor, many have turned from agriculture to producing fireworks at home. The practice has become the major source of income for 80% of local people, with no safety controls and frequent accidents. Directed by Emily Marlow. c2002. 27 min. Video/C 9841

Day After Day.
Pictures life in a paper-mill town in Quebec, showing that the inhabitants live out their lives--whether they are on the job, on the street, in the restaurant, or in the home--in a dull round geared to the dominant routine of the mill. National Film Board of Canada, 1963? 28 min. Video/C 4672

Enthusiasm (Entuziazm)(1922)
Directed by Dziga Vertov. Vertov's first sound film. This lyrical sound and musical documentary celebrates the enthusiasm with which the peasants and miners of the Don River basin in Russia fulfilled their first five-year plan quotas following the October Revolution. The film is noted for its innovative use of sound in synchronization as well as in counterpoint, and for its interesting cinematic effects, such as multiple superimpositions. 67 min. DVD 9188; vhs 999:2063
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The Factory and Marketplace Revolution(The Day the Universe Changed; 6)
Describes the origins of the Industrial Revolution and the resulting growth of urbanization, the creation of the factory system and an industrial working class, and the exploitation of the planet. Producer, John Lynch ; written and presented by James Burke. 1986. 52 min. Video/C 997:6

GATT, What's That?: or Afta NAFTA Where are Worker's Rights?
Through interviews with Nikos Valance of the Foundation for Economic Democracy and Hector Figuerao of the A.C.T.W.U. this program takes a harsh look at the results of NAFTA and GATT and the future predictions and strategies for labor organizing. 1995. 28 min. Video/C 7702

The Global Assembly Line.
Documentary, filmed in electronic and garment factories, examines working forces in United States and free-trade zones of developing countries particularly the Philippines and Mexico. Director, Lorraine Gray. Dist.: New Day Films. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 1580

Global Assembly Line web site (New Day Films)

Globalization & Human Rights
Documentary examining the clash between the trend of increasing economic globalization and international human rights advocacy. Investigates the impact of foreign economic influence on gold miners in South Africa, the petroleum industry in Nigeria, the collapse of the economy of Indonesia, the Nike shoe industry in New York and Indonesia, child labor abuses in Thailand and the situation in East Timor. 1998. 57 min. Video/C 6591

Gross Work
The television series Taboo presents an insider's view of closed worlds traditionally off-limits to outsiders with stunning stories of shocking and unusual rituals and traditions. How far would you go to collect a paycheck? Meet volunteers who retrieve corpses from car crashes in Thailand, sewage divers in Mexico City who unclog drains of everything from raw sewage to toxic waste to dead bodies. 2004. 48 min. DVD X1143

The Human Cost Behind Bargain Shopping
What price do people in faraway places pay so Americans can get their bargains in stores like Wal-Mart? Dateline investigates what's behind the bargains and how problematic it can be for American companies to monitor the working conditions in foreign factories they don't control, where factory owners are under pressure to keep costs down. Dateline invented a phony clothing company to gain access to the factory floor in Bangladesh and spoke with the workers about their pay and working conditions. A segment from the June 17, 2005 NBC News television program, Dateline NBC. 29 min. Video/C MM998

I Am a Child!
Through compelling images and moving personal stories, investigates the issue of child labor through children at work in the fields and plantations of Kenya, in the streets and workshops of Thailand, and in the charcoal yards of Brazil. 1999. 52 min. Video/C MM1129

The Internationale
Using rare archival footage and interviews with historians, musicians and activists, this film tells the story of this 100-year-old anthem of the oppressed and exploited, and celebrates the relationship between music and social change. A Spanish Civil War veteran, a labor activist, a student leader of the Tiananmen Square protests and others describe the emotional reaction they have when they hear the notes which still unite those who are part of the international movement for justice and equality. 2000. 57 min. Video/C 7476

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Fletcher, Ian Christopher. "The Internationale." Radical History Review 82 (2002) 187-190 UC users only

Planet Work.
Has your job gone global? The television newsprogram Livelyhood packs its bags and heads to Italy, Ghana, Cambodia, Guatemala, India, Singapore and New England in this 2 part series on how the global economy is transforming work life. Neither a condemnation of the effects of economic globalization nor a celebration of it, this is an informative look at how the mass movement of information, products and people is affecting everything from national cultures to the nature of work and the patterns of individual lives. Originally broadcast on the PBS television program: Livelyhood. 2001. 114 min. Video/C MM1119

Sexual Harassment on the Job.
Discussion about the problems of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination of women on the job. c1977. 29 min. Video/C 42

The Trouble with Women
The Trouble with Women is from McGraw-Hill Film's plant supervisor's problem series about the good points and drawbacks of women factory workers. 1959. DVD X5188

Something to Hide
Today in the global economy, corporations hide their production around the world behind locked factory gates and armed guards. This documentary investigates the unconditional operations of off-shore corporations contracted by American businesses while looking into the long and difficult hours that adults and children in developing countries are working to produce brand name American products for such firms as Wal-Mart. 1999. 25 min. Video/C MM999

Stolen Childhood
A feature length documentary on child labor told in the words of laboring children, their parents, and the people working daily to help them. Children share their experiences of exploitation and their hopes for a better life and future ... Filmed in seven countries: Brazil, India, the United States, Mexico, Indonesia, Kenya and Nepal, stolen childhoods examines the cost of child labor to the global community, probes the causes of this complex phenomenon and recommends actions that can be taken to eliminate this gross human rights violation in our lifetime. Directed by Len Morris. 86 min. DVD X7074

These Hands.
Surveys a typical workday in the lives of impoverished women in Tanzania who manually mine gravel used for making concrete for urban building projects. Directed by Flora M'Mbugu-Schelling 1992. 45 min. DVD X6509; Video/C 3730

Description from California Newsreel catalog

This Is What Democracy Looks Like
Composed of film segments shot by over 100 media activists during the 1999 World Trade Organization's Ministerial meeting in Seattle when human rights activists, environmentalists, indigenous people, labor activists, fair trade proponents, people of faith, union workers, farmers, students and teachers from more than 700 organizations took to the streets to protest against the meeting. 2000. 60 min. DVD 3575; also VHS Video/C 7705

Description from California Newsreel catalog
On May 9, 1992, the Westray mine in Pictou County, Nova Scotia exploded, instantly killing all 26 men working underground. This film focuses on the stories of three widows and three miners whose lives were torn apart when the methane and coal dust ignited deep underground. This is a film not only about Westray but about working people everwhere whose lives are often entrusted to companies that violate the most fundamental rules of safety and decency in the name of profit. Directed by Paul Cowan. c2001. 80 min. Video/C 9312

Who Needs Sleep?
Unsettled by the preventable death of a coworker, filmmaker Haskell Wexler learns that sleep deprivation and long work hours are a deadly combination. Interweaving medical findings with personal accounts, his camera reveals how a 24/7 work culture affects all Americans. Wexler does a magnificent job of persuading his audience to wake up and smell the very real dangers of overworking and the pricey toll it's taking on our health and our lives. c2006. 78 min. DVD 6948

Workers Leaving the Factory (Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik)
Analyzes the relationship between the Lumière brothers 45 second film 'Workers leaving the factory', and workers leaving the factory throughout the history of cinema. Originally released as a motion picture in 1995. Director, Harun Farocki; editor, Max Reimann. Dubbed in English; with some sections subtitled in German. Dist.: Video Data Bank. Video/C MM1039

Workers Without a Voice: New Immigrants
A documentary that follows U.S. State Labor Dept. officials as they raid illegal sweatshops and investigates the question: Are undocumented workers really a threat to American jobs? Concludes with an interview by Steve Brier of AFWE with union organizer Edgar de Jesus concerning the working and living conditions of illegal immigrants in the United States. 1991. 28 min. Video/C 7699

Workers' World
Profiles the International Labour Organisation and its efforts to improve the conditions of working people around the world. 1991. 39 min. Video/C MM669

Working & Union Songs [SOUND RECORDING]
Disc one. The Industrial Revolution: Weave room blues-- Ten and nine--Hard times in the mill--Work of the weavers--Ballad of Springhill--Blind Fiddler--Peg and awl--Weary cutters--Blow the man down--Pat works on the railway--Royal telephone--Farmer is the man--In my merry Oldsmobile. -- Disc two. The labor movement, 1860s to 1930s: Solidarity forever--Storm the fort--8 hour day--My sweetheart's a mule in the mine--Preacher and the slave--Joe Hill--Death of Mother Jones--Cotton mill girls--Ballad of dead girls-- I.L.G.W.U.--I ain't got no home--We shall not be moved--Which side are you on? -- The labor movement, 1930s to 1980s: Sit down--CIO is bigger than it used to be--Yablonski murder--Buddy won't you roll down the line--Kumbaya--Nostros Venceremos--Huelga--Ninos campesinos--My old man--Automation--Aragon Mill.Sound/D 74

Working Family Values(Livelyhood; episode 2)
Explores the impact of work on families and the impact of families on work. Discusses issues such as telecommuting, latchkey children, senior citizens who do volunteer work for others in order to build up credit to obtain services they need, and how American families balance work with their personal lives. 1998. 56 min., 46 sec. Video/C MM1112

Working Women of the World (Ouvrieres du monde)
Focusing on Levi Strauss & Co., this documentary follows the relocation of garment production from Western countries to nations such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and Turkey where low wages are the rule and employee rights are nonexistent. It looks at the working conditions of these third world employees and also presents the stories of their western counterparts who are losing their jobs.A film by Marie France Collard, 2000. 53 min. Video/C 9478

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Working World.(Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology; 14)
Today we live in a rapidly changing economic and social climate that emphasizes the bottom line. What is the impact on society? What role does globalization play? The situtation faced by striking grocery workers illustrates some of the frustrations experienced by employees in today's changing global economy. This lesson also includes a discussion around the impact one retail giant in particular is having on workers, the economy, and the world -- Walmart. 2005. 27 min. DVD 4809

Workingman's Death
Presents an unflinching portrait of the state of manual labor in the 21st century and what people from different countries suffer in order to have a job. Includes a coal miner in the Ukraine, a slaughterhouse worker in Nigeria, a sulfur miner in Indonesia, a steel worker in China, and a ship-breaker in Pakistan. Director: Michael Glawogger. Dist.: Lorber/Alive Mind. 2005. 122 min. DVD X2433

Zoned for Slavery: The Child Behind the Label
Looks at the operations of off-shore corporations contracted by American businesses, investigating the long and difficult hours that children are working in developing countries to produce brand name American products such as Gitano, Gap, Osh Kosh, and Eddie Bauer. Includes information presented by Charles Kernighan from the National Labor Committee. 1995. 23 min. Video/C MM1000

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