I, Daniel Blake (96 min.) (2017) (UK) Directed by Ken Loach, written by Paul Laverty
Screenwriter Paul Laverty will introduce the film by Skype.
I, Daniel Blake by Director Ken Loach and writer Paul Leverty is an important film on the destruction of the lives of workers and their families in the “welfare system”. Blake is a carpenter who has a heart attack and is then forced to go back to work despite his health conditions. While he is fighting for compensation, he befriends a woman and her children who are also being ground up in the Employment and Support Allowance welfare system in the UK.
This film, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, touches the hearts of all people about what working people are going through in their struggle for survival.
Following this film, there will be a discussion about LaborFests in the US and around the world and the fight to protect disabled workers and their families in the US.
Panel: Chris Jury UK Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival and Liberating Arts; Mehmet Bayran, LaborFest Turkey; Jimmy Kelly, ReelWorks Santa Cruz
See also: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0516360/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
(Ken Loach's long list of credits and honors and contributions to various causes in his 81 years and still going strong.) Notable:
Twice winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0516360/awards?ref_=nm_ql_2
(All Ken Loach Awards) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0491956/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
(Paul Laverty) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0491956/awards?ref_=nm_awd
(Paul Laverty Awards) I, Daniel Blake won the 2017 Outstanding British Film of the Year for Laverty & Loach. http://www.laborfest.net/2017/2017schedule.htm