Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival in Monterey County
- When: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 7 p.m.
- Where: Monterey County,
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
- Categories: Film, Community, Lectures
This is truly a film festival for the people. People who work to stay one step ahead of the bills, who toil under uncaring or cruel conditions, are harassed or fired for daring to organize and stand up, are discarded without ceremony, who try to do the right thing in an environment that doesn't reward it, whose rights—and liviehoods—are threatened daily. The films of this 11th annual celebration of workers of the world began screening earlier this month in San Jose, but spreads in the coming days to Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, arriving in Monterey County today with Rise Like Lions (7pm, CSUMB University Center) about the Occupy Wall Street movement, preceded by a 5-minute short on Occupy Monterey, followed by a panel of Occupy-ers. The festival unspool at a good pace on through May, with panels and talks along the way, at which point it joins forces with the Steinbeck Festival and their celebration of Woody Guthrie. But first, join your brother and sister at the May Day Labor Awards dinner Friday (6pm, Hyatt Regency); the film Brothers on the Line 7pm Monday at CSUMB University Center; Dream to be a Worker 7pm Tuesday at CSUMB's Tanimura & Antle Library, Room 1180, Divarty Street at Fifth Avenue; and American Teacher, narrated by Matt Damon and based on the book by Dave Eggers, 7pm Wednesday, at Partners Teaching Resource Depot in Seaside. [WR]
Various times, days and locations throughout Monterey County. Donations appreciated. www.reelwork.org.