ballet dancers stretchingA screening of short films will explore worker experiences from ballet to health care, Thursday at the Green Bean Café.

Film festival puts focus on labour experiences

Entries in the 2023 Canadian Labour International Film Festival will enjoy a free public screening Thursday, Nov. 16.

Hosted by the Windsor University Faculty Association and Local 1393 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the event will feature:

  • Bergie (South Africa 2022) depicts a law enforcement officer who has to remove homeless people in order to make way for a 10km fun-run.
  • Whitewash (Canada 2022) looks at the pressure felt by Iranian immigrants in Canada to change their given names to Western names to increase their chance of getting a job, and the consequences of this act of cultural and identity erasure.
  • Not Another Ballet Story (United States 2023) documents a small contemporary dance company’s work to provide its dancers with a opportunity to write the future of ballet.
  • Hippocrates: A Guide to Treating Healthcare Workers (Canada 2022) explores who wins and who loses under a privatized health-care system and why doctors are fleeing Alberta.
  • Allegory (Spain 2023), in a parallel to class struggle, posits a race in which the most important thing is not to win, but to arrive.
  • Mindslip (Canada 2023) examines the Indian immigrant work experience in Toronto.
  • Hongkongers: a Recollection (United Kingdom 2022) follows the experience of Siu Tat Mung, a leader in the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.

The Workers’ Film Festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Green Bean Café, 2320 Wyandotte St. West.