FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
By Oliver Ressler (40 min.) 2013 Austria
Extreme levels of privatization can only be carried out under conditions where people are under severe pressure, as in the transformation of former Soviet republics toward capitalism. Since the Rose Revolution in 2003, the former Soviet republic, Georgia under went such a radical transformation. President Mikheil Saakashvili implemented one of the most extreme neoliberal projects in the world. Today, Georgia is 9th among 185 states on the World Bank list of “Ease of Doing Business” countries. This is creating an unstable situation in a radical, free-market economy with the liquidation of most social safety nets. Most Georgian residents are being driven into un-experienced levels of poverty.
The film, The Plundering, focuses on four cases of aggressive, state-property privatization policies in Tbilisi, Georgia. Through interviews, it discusses the privatization of the water system in Tbilisi and of Tbilisi’s popular market, the Dezerter Bazaar. A newly emerging movement prevented the attempted sell-off of the National Scientific Library, and the destruction and conversion of the historical Gudiashvili Square in Tbilisi’s city center into a shopping mall. http://www.ressler.at/the_plundering/
Made In The USA, Tom Hudak’s Plan to Cut Your Wages
By Bill Gillespie, Director, Writer (19 min ) 2013 Canada
This film is the first film to expose the real role and ideology of “open shop” states that prevent unionization. Canadians capitalists are now pushing to model Canadian labor laws on open shop anti-labor U.S. states like Georgia. Canadian Ontario Public Service Employees Union decided they wanted to tell the real story about these states in the US and made a documentary. http://www.madeinusamovie.ca
Judith Portrait of a Street Vendor By Zahidi Pirana (22 min) 2013
Thousands of immigrant workers in major cities in the United States make their living as street vendors. This is the story of Judith and her life in the streets of New York as she struggles to survive the obstacles she and other immigrant workers make in order to survive as an immigrant workers, activists and community organizers. http://www.streetvendormovie.com/?q=node/3
High Power (27 min) by Pradeep Indulkar, India
This powerful film is about the lives of workers and the community at the Tarapur nuclear power plant, which was built fifty years ago in a poor rural community. Like other nuclear power plants around the world, people in the community were displaced and provided no real compensation but they were promised good jobs.
This, like the other promises according to the people of Tarapur, turned out to be a lie. They also become the victims of diseases directly caused by radiation and other toxins brought into their community by the plant
Their community, their lives and their work turn into a nightmare they are struggling against as are communities where nuclear plants have been built. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msxq0UifZlE
See also: http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014Films.htm#f17 http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014schedule.htm