Laila’s Birthday from Palestine (2008) 71 min., Palestine
By Rashid Masharawi
Join the United Taxicab Workers Union-CWA who will be screening “Laila’s Birthday.” The film by director Rashid Masharawi is about the day in the life of a former judge, now a taxi cab driver in Ramallah. What is life like for taxi drivers in Palestine? This says it all about their jobs and and the lives of their passengers. The absurdity of two states and two laws in one land and the battle for survival are combined in a film that shows the contradictions. It has been called “A dark urban comedy.”
The UTW fights for the rights of San Francisco cab drivers who are fighting for healthcare, a living wage and union rights with decent working conditions.
United Taxi Workers http://www.utw.us/ http://electronicintifada.net/content/film-review-absurd-humor-succeeds-lailas-birthday/3543
See also: http://www.laborfest.net/2012/2012Films.htm#f6 http://www.laborfest.net/2012/2012schedule.htm