The London Labour Film Festival is a celebration of social commitment through cinema. This September the festival will host a series of film screenings, talks and special events offering varied, challenging and inspiring cinematic takes on the lives, hopes and struggle of workers. Spanning four days at the heart of the UK capital, and taking audiences on journeys from the very real effects of the financial crisis on the working classes to visions of future labour on both earth and the moon, the London Labour Film Festival will welcome guests including Ken Loach and Mike Leigh for what will be a major contribution to a growing global movement committed to cinema’s treatment of labour.
“The primary benefit of labor film festivals to unions/the labor movement is the linking of worker struggles with the cultural community, broadening our work on issues and policy in a way that’s more broadly accessible to the general public, political leaders, the media and of course our own members”
(AFL-CIO Karen Naubaum, Working America Program & Chris Garlock, Union City)
Featuring films all over the globe, particular highlights include special screenings of Mike Leigh’s High Hopes, Ken Loach’s Navigators, Robert Guediguian’s Snows of Kilimanjaro, Ross Ashcroft’s Four Horsemen, which will be accompanied by a special panel discussion, and special tributes to the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Woody Guthrie. Featuring films made by, for and about workers, the festival will also feature a very special competition for labour related shorts, judged by an expert global panel, in a further celebration of the openness, spirit and diversity that is labour on film.