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Laborfest: Films: Press & Lost Signal of Democracy

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco.

Press (100 min.) (2011) (Turkey) Directed by: Sedat Yilmaz

This is a drama about the struggle of Kurdish journalists to produce their newspaper Özgür Gündem. Under severe repression and intimidation, getting out a newspaper is a deadly danger. The story centers around the Kurdish journalists in Diyarbak?r, the largest Kurdish city in Turkey.

Özgür Gündem is under siege. After exposing human rights abuses in the city of Diyarbak?r, the journalists of Özgür Gündem become the target of increasingly ruthless government-sanctioned intimidation. Press tells the story of the Özgür Gündem offices and Kurdish journalists in Diyarbak?r.

2011: Ankara International Film Festival. Won: Best Screenplay, Most Promising Director
2010: Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. Won: Best Film-Special Jury Award
2011: Istanbul International Film Festival: Won: Special Prize of the Jury, FIPRESCI Prize, FACE Award
2011: Taormina International Film Festival: Nominated: Golden Tauro

Lost Signal of Democracy (52 min.) (2014) (Greece) Directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos

This film recounts the autocratic shutdown on June 11, 2013 of the Greek ERT public broadcast system by the rightwing government of former Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. The government said it cost too much to operate and they needed to trim expenses. The workers and their union resisted and organized the first occupation of a national public broadcasting system.

This blatant mass censorship brought a tremendous backlash from the people of Greece as well as outrage around the world.

This film shows the occupation from the inside by the media workers themselves. These workers and the Greek working class refused to accept the closure of their public broadcasting system. The struggle still continues in Greece as workers continue to fight massive austerity and privatization.
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ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Next to baseball stadium. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows:
T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station;
30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to Second Street;
47 bus which starts at North Point at Fisherman’s Wharf, travels on Van Ness, 11th St, Bryant and ends at Cal Train Station at 4th and Townsend, then walk on Townsend 2 blocks to Second Street;
10 bus which runs from 24th and Potrero, on Rhode Island to 26th St, on Cesar Chavez St to Dakota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, DeHaro, Rhode Island at 16th St, on Townsend to Second Street.
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