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Laborfest: The Machinist & Bhopali

Friday, July 26, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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518 Valencia - near 16th St., San Francisco. 16th St BART

The Machinist (50 min.) 2010
By Hannan Majid & Richard York
This important film shows the story of Bangladeshi garment workers by following three Dhaka garment workers. It looks at their every day lives, their struggles at home, the constant battles they face with their factory owners and puts a face to the men and women who make clothes for GAP, Walmart, and other companies. The owners of these factories, who are also in the Bangladesh parliament, have murdered union organizers and violently prevent their workers from gaining any labor and human rights.

This film tells this story through illuminating the lives of these workers and why the recent industrial disasters are a logical result of the corruption and corporate control of the government of Bangladesh.

Bhopali (89 min.) 2011
By Van Maximilian Carlson
With introduction by Dr. Jaysi Chander.
In 1984 in Bhopali, India, at the Union Carbide plant, there was a deadly gas leak that killed over 20,000 people. The company now owned by Dow Chemical refused to properly maintain the safety equipment in the plant, and their criminal negligence cost the lives of workers and members of the community. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of Bhopal families who are still suffering from this man made catastrophe, and are fighting for compensation and justice.

It was the worst industrial accident in the world, yet, Union Carbide executives have not spent a day in jail, and Dow refuses to properly care of the thousands of workers and their families who are still suffering for their cutting of costs.

This film was made to continue to struggle to break the information censorship by the corporate media.

The continuing industrial disasters show that these corporations are not only out of control, but also flagrantly engaged in practices leading to the murder of workers and residents in the driver for greater profits at any cost.

See also: (Majid) (Max Carlson) (Carlson's films) (Majid & York)
Added to the calendar on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 8:28AM
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