From the TUC

First Global Labor Film Festival Launches on May Day

23 Apr 2013, By

Global Labor Film Festival 2013 logoOne of the most exciting things about my involvement with the London Labour Film Festival has been the chance to see first hand the growth of an international movement for labour film festivals. I’ve now been to two conferences of festival organisers in Washington DC and each time, I’ve come back with a new major initiative to work on.

At our last film festival organisers conference, we conceived of a Global Labor Film Festival, which we felt would provide an opportunity to showcase the growing worldwide scope of more than two dozen film festivals focused on films about work, workers and their issues.

This is now ready to go and the first-ever Global Labor Film Festival kicks off on May Day, as screenings from the U.S., Australia, UK and Norway launch more than a dozen screenings of labor films around the world.

The idea is that national Labour film festivals from around the globe will each screen a labor-themed film of their choice during the month of May. The date was chosen because May 1, International Workers’ Day, is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.

Some 16 labor film festivals are participating in the Global Labor Film Festival, screening a wide range of films, from the classics like Salt of the Earth and Reds to brand-new films like Dreamwork China, Harvest of Empire, BURN and The War on Whistleblowers; nearly 50 films in all.

Our contribution (London Labour Film Festival) to this Global initiative will be the screenings of two European premieres of the film Burn, about Detroit Firefighters (an event sponsored by Fire Brigades Union) on the 1st May and the 2nd May 2013.

We’re still planning a London festival later on this year, but I hope you’ll join me this May in our worldwide celebration of working people’s films.

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And for GLFF screenings in the USA, Australia, Canada, Turkey, Israel and other countries, visit the GLFF website.

GUEST POST: Anna Burton is the director of the London Labour Film Festival. She has spent the last 13 years working for the labour movement and runs a film production company in London.