Date and Time
Dec 18, 2018 6:00 pm
Bread & Roses is a monthly labor series that features a variety of events focused on workers and organized labor. Each month brings a new topic through interactive discussions, film screenings, and performances. The hope for these events is that attendees walk away with a greater understanding of organized labor, its role in shaping history and current relevance. The name "Bread & Roses" was inspired by a poem/song written by James Oppenheim that appeals for both fair wages and dignified conditions.
This Month: Union Maids
Sitdowns, scabs, goon squads, unemployment, hunger marches, red-baiting and finally the energetic birth of the CIO: the 1930s were a landmark period for the American labor movement. Union Maids is the story of three women who lived that history and make it come alive today. It was the first film of its kind–an oral history, using a wealth of footage from the National Archives to chronicle the fight to form industrial unions as seen through the eyes of rank and file women. Nominated for an Oscar in 1978 for best feature documentary.
Directed and produced by James Klein, Miles Mogulescu and Julia Reichert; Documentary Feature (1976); 50m
“This inspiring film will be a classic. It makes the 1930s live. It makes you laugh, makes you cheer. It’s going to be shown through the years, to millions.” - Pete Seeger
Part of Films Across Borders: Stories of Women (International Cinema Series), Fall 2018
Films Across Borders: Stories of Women, a multi-cultural film series, showcases an eclectic selection of cinematic works by and about women. As the focus on gender-balanced perspectives and parity in representation has moved to the forefront of contemporary discussion, Stories of Women portrays vital and diverse female voices in film through dramatic features, documentaries and shorts.
CO-PRESENTED BY: DC LaborFest; American University; National Gallery of Art; AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center; Mexican Cultural Institute; Cultural Services of French Embassy; SPAIN arts & culture; Goethe-Institut Washington; Embassy of Sweden; Austrian Cultural Forum; Immigration Film Fest; Women in Film and Video; National Museum of Women in the Arts; Vital Voices Global Partnership