Long after specific goals are met, it's easy to forget how far we've come — and how much more work we have to do. Hosted at the Dryden Theatre (Eastman House, 900 East Avenue), the 26th Annual Labor Film Series will help remind us of struggles and successes regarding workplace conditions, organizing efforts, discrimination, globalization, and immigration.
This year's series kicks off on Friday, September 4, with "The Hand That Feeds," a 2014 work about a group of undocumented workers who fought back against sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers. The series continues each Friday night through October 30, and includes "The Wobblies" (September 25), a 1979 documentary about the Industrial Workers of the World's (IWW) early 20th-century commitment to class solidarity; "The Trotsky" (October 2), a 2009 flick about high schooler Leon Bronstein, who believes he is the reincarnation of Soviet thinker Leon Trotsky; and "Pride" (October 30), a 2014 film about the role of gay and lesbian activist in supporting the families of striking English mineworkers.
All films will take place at 8 p.m. except the October 16 film, which begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $8, $6 for members, and $4 for students. To commemorate the centennial of IWW organizer Joe Hill's execution by the state of Utah, a to-be-announced Labor Film Special will take place on Friday, November 20, at 8 p.m. The film title will be announced at rochesterlabor.org. For more info, check that site or dryden.eastmanhouse.org.