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Videos on Global Conditions: Labor

SELECTED DVDs and Videotapes on the economic, environmental, health, human, and religious conditions of the world.

Labor DVDs

5 factories worker control in Venezuela 2006

Dario Azzellini, Oliver Ressler, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and California Newsreel (Firm)

Documents the experiences of workers' participation and control in 5 different factories, the aluminium smelter at Alcasa, the tomato processing plant in Caigua, a chocolate factory, a textile cooperative in Tachira and the paper mill in Carabobo, Invepal. 1 videodisc (81 min.)

MEDIA 10-1100

 

--And the earth did not swallow him 2008

Paul Espinosa, Severo Perez, Tomaas Rivera , American Playhouse Theatrical Films, KPBS (Television station : San Diego, Calif.), Severo Perez Films, and Kino International Corporation

A young Mexican-American boy's coming of age amid the poverty and adversity he and his family face as migrant farm workers in the 1950s. 1 videodisc (99 min.)

MEDIA 10-1373

 

Araya c2009

Margot Benacerraf, Henry Nadler, Pierre Seghers, José Ignacio Cabrujas, Laurent Terzieff, Giuseppi Nisoli, Pierre Jallaud, Guy Bernard, and Milestone Film & Video

Araya is an old natural salt mine located on a peninsula in northeastern Venezuela. In 1959, when Margot Benacerraf documented the life of the "salineros", the salt mine was still manually being exploited, five hundred years after its discovery by the Spanish. What Benacerraf documents is an archaic way of life that would ultimately disappear with the arrival of industrial methods of exploitation. 1 videodisc (82 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2515

 

Black gold 2006

Marc Francis, Nick Francis, California Newsreel (Firm), Fulcrum Productions, and Speak-it Films

"After oil, coffee is the most actively traded commodity in the world. Tracing the path of the coffee consumed each day to the farmers who produce the beans, Black Gold asks us to 'wake up and smell the coffee', to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it. 1 videodisc (ca. 77 min.)

MEDIA 10-769

 

Capitalism hits the fan a lecture on the economic meltdown c2009

Richard D Wolff, Sut Jhally, and Media Education Foundation

"Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today's economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself. Wolff traces the sources of the economic crisis to the 1970's, when wages began to stagnate and American workers were forced into a dysfunctional spiral of borrowing and debt that ultimately exploded in the mortgage meltdown"--Container. 1 videodisc (57 min.)

MEDIA 10-2017

 

Chai qian Demolition 2010

J. P Sniadecki, Harvard University, Film Study Center, and Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)

A portrait of urban space, migrant labor, and ephemeral relationships in the center of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in western China. Attending first to the formal dimensions of the transforming worksite - including the demands of physical labor and the relationship between human and machine - the film shifts focus to the social dynamics of a group of thirty men and women who have come from the countryside to work in this ever-changing urban landscape. In exploring the various banal yet striking interactions between these members of China's "floating population," the city's residents, and the filmmaker, Demolition simultaneously expresses and resists the fleeting nature of urban experience. 1 videodisc (62 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3480

 

Children of labor a Finnish-American history 2011

Richard Broadman, Al Gedicks, Community Action on Latin America, C.D. Film Workshop, and Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)

Social and political lives of Finnish immigrants and their descendants in northern Minnesota. 1 videodisc (55 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3390

 

Clockwork 1981

Norm Fruchter and Eric Breitbart

Through archival and contemporary documentary footage, studies the role of Frederick Winslow Taylor in the development of "scientific management" in the early 20th century. Explains the techniques Taylor devised to study worker movements and the methods he conceived to divide complex jobs into smaller, unskilled routines. 1 videocassette  (25 min.)

MEDIA 10-3521       2-2636

 

Collision course 2012?

Alex Gibney, Peter Coyote, Jigsaw Productions, Pacific Basin Institute, and California Newsreel (Firm)

Shows the conflict between labor and management at Eastern Airlines between 1983 and the company's sale in 1986. 1 videodisc (47 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3520

 

A day without a Mexican c2004

Sergio Arau, Yareli Arizmendi, John Getz, Maureen Flannigan,  Muse Watson, Fernando Arau, and Xenon Pictures

California awakens one day to discover that one third of its population has vanished. A peculiar pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries has completely shut down. As the day progresses, it becomes apparent the sole characteristic linking the missing 14 milion is their Hispanic heritage. 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.)

MEDIA 10-350

 

Democracy in the workplace three worker-owned businesses in action 1999?

Off Center Video (Firm)

This program introduces viewers to three worker-owned, collectively run businesses: the Cheeseboard Bakery (est. 1967), the Rainbow Grocery (est. 1976), and Inkworks (est. 1974). Illustrates what it is like to work collectively, make decisions, and deal with everyday problems in a democratic setting where each worker-owner has an equal voice in the operations. 1 videodisc (27 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3526

 

Ending welfare as we know it 1998

Meredith Vieira, Robert Weisberg, and Megan Cogswell

"...follows six welfare mothers over the course of a year as they struggle to comply with new work requirements, find reliable child care and transportation, battle drug addiction and depression, confront domestic violence, and try to make ends meet in the new era of welfare reform."--Container. 1 videocassette (90 min.)

DANA. MEDIA 10-3677         831 2-3680

 

Eugene Debs and the American movement 1978

A biographical sketch of Eugene V. Debs, labor leaders, industrial unionist, and American Socialist. 1 videocassette (44 min.)

MEDIA 10-5302

 

Faat Kine 2000

Ousmane Sembčne, Wongue Mbengue, Venus Seye, Mame Ndoumbé, Ndiagne Dia, Mariama Balde, Awa Sene Sarr, and Tabata Ndiaye

The deceptively light domestic drama of Faat Kine, a gas station operator, and unwed mother of two, who climbs the ladder of success in a male dominated field. 1 videcassette (121 min.)

MEDIA 2-5725      10-2243

 

Fatherhood USA: Juggling family and work 2003, c2000

Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt, John Shea, Cine Qua Non (Firm), and Films for the Humanities (Firm)

Traditional role models of men portray them as providers, while women have historically been expected to attend to all domestic matters. This program features three men who, when forced to choose between family and career, chose their families. They discuss the implications of that choice, the impact it has had on their careers and conceptions of themselves as fathers, and the new opportunities that their non-traditional paths have afforded them. 1 videodisc (57 min.)

MEDIA 10-266 v.2

 

Final offer 1985

Sturla Gunnarsson, Robert Collinson, and Jeff Warren

"[Follows] Bob White, the president of the Canadian UAW, through the landmark 1984 negotiations and 13 day auto strike at General Motors .... White is caught between the hard-ball tactics of GM ... and the pressures of his own militant membership .... [A] candid look at the dynamics of collective bargaining and shop floor life." -- Publisher's flyer. 1 videocassette (79 min.)

MEDIA 10-3508     2-2631

 

Free trade slaves c1999

Film discusses free trade zones and the accompanying human problems that have arisen with human rights, exploitation of workers and environmental degradation. Filmed on location in Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mexico and Morocco. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 10-4561

 

The guestworker c2006

Cynthia Hill, Charles Thompson, Charles Dillard Thompson, and Filmakers Library, inc

Documents the story of Mexican farm workers who enter the United States legally as part of the H-2A guest worker program, and looks at the issues surrounding the program.  Focuses on a 66-year-old man who has worked on North Carolina farms for forty years, both legally and illegally, and on his employer, who is dependent upon foreign laborers to sustain his farm. 1 videodisc (53 min.)

MEDIA 10-1018

 

The harvest = La cosecha Examines the problem of child migrant farm labor in the United States. Follows three children who travel from Texas to Michigan to Florida, working in the fields and apple orchards. 1 videodisc (80 min.)

MEDIA 10-5606

 

Harvest of shame 2005, c1991

Edward R Murrow, Dan Rather, CBS News, Docurama (Firm), and New Video Group

Presented by CBS News correspondent Dan Rather, Murrow's Harvest of Shame is among the most famous television documentaries of all time. Richly photographed and arrestingly poignant, this long-acclaimed 1960 expose on the plight of migrant farm workers resonated deeply for a nation unfamiliar with such brutally honest depictions of living conditions that, as Murrow remarks, "wrong the dignity of man.". 1 videodisc (ca. 55 min.)

DANA. MEDIA 495 10-2246     2-2482

 

Heaven will protect the working girl  1993

Pennee Bender, Joshua Brown, and Andrea Ades Vasquez

Period still and motion pictures and words derived from interviews, memoirs, newspapers and other sources are assembled to show the life of immigrant shirtwaist makers in New York City during the first decade of the 20th century.  Illustrates the strike movement and their arrests. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA 10-3207         2-2087

 

Hijos de la Montańa de Plata Children of the Silver Mountain 2006

Juan S Betancor, Leonardo Díaz, Siddhartha FIlms, and Filmakers Library, inc

The mines of Bolivia date back 1545 to the Spanish conquerors who discovered pure silver in an Inca region dominated by a mountain they named Cerro Rico. At its base the city of Potosi grew, along with the largest mining industry of its time. Four centuries later the mines still produce silver, zinc and lead while the miners work in hazardous conditions that have changed little over the years. The film gives a brief historyof COMIBOLI, the multi-mineral corporation controlled by organized labor which failed to keep pace with modern technology. The film shows the difficulties of the miners lives--long hours that can only be sustained by the chewing of coca leaves. Silicosis is rampant for the miners breathe air laden with silicon particles. Despite these harships, the miners feel a pride in their profession and in the tradition they are maintaining. 1 videodisc (53 min.)

MEDIA 10-1139

 

Inheritance 1974

Jack Ofield and Bowling Green Films

Contrasts contemporary work patterns with those of preindustrial days, describing the diminished importance of the individual worker in industrial societies. Compares factory system labor with the work and lives of five American indigenous crafts people. Featured are shovelmaker, blacksmith, basketweaver, lacrosse stick makers and tinsmith. 44 min.  sd.  color.  16 mm

MEDIA 10-3258

 

Keten van liefde Chain of love 2001

Marije Meerman, First Run/Icarus Films, and Dix Noonan Webb

"A film about the Philippines' second largest export product-- maternal love-- and how this export affects the women involved, their families in the Philippines, and families in the West"--Container. 1 videocassette (50 min.)

MEDIA 10-3302    2-7212

 

Last train home Gui tu lie che 2011

Lixin Fan, Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross, Telefilm Canada, Eyesteelfilm (Firm), and Zeitgeist Films

Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as an astonishing 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the largest human migration on the planet, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verite, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. 1 videodisc (90 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3234

 

The life and times of Rosie the Riveter c2007

Connie Field, Lola Weixel, Margaret Wright , Lyn Childs, Gladys Belcher, Wanita Allen, Clarity Educational Productions, and National Endowment for the Humanities

Five women, who worked in the shipyards and defense plants during World War II, recount their experiences at work and offer comments on society's expectations of them during the war effort and after the war.  Their narratives are interspersed with sequences from war department films, newsreels, and Hollywood movies made during that time which concerned women working outside the home. 1 videodisc (65 min.)

MEDIA 10-1729 281 2-564  2-7281

 

Made in China c2007

Jean-Yves Cauchard, Mathias Lavergne, France 5, Centre national de la cinaematographie (France), Hikari Productions, and California Newsreel (Firm)

"Follows the lives of a typical Chinese migrant couple, Heqing and Heping Fan, including their first trip home after two years in [the Cixi Industrial Zone] ... Demonstrates how one generation of Chinese is experiencing the culture shock of an Industrial Revolution which took centuries in the West"--Container. 1 videodisc (57 min.)

MEDIA 10-1906

 

Made in L.A Hecho en Los Angeles 2007

Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar, Lisa Leeman, Semilla Verde Productions, Independent Television Service, American Documentary Films, P.O.V. (Firm), and California Newsreel (Firm)

Follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants, Lupe Hernandez, María Pineda, Maura Colorado, working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a mega-trendy clothing retailer. 1 videodisc (70 min.)

MEDIA 10-1151

 

Maquilapolis City of factories c2006

Vicky Funari, Sergio De La Torre, Independent Television Service, CineMamás Productions, Grupo Factor X, Colectivo Chilpancingo, Promotoras por los Derechos de las Mujeres, and California Newsreel (Firm)

Explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's assembly factories and the female laborers who have organized themselves for social action. 1 videodisc (68 min.)

DANA. MEDIA 326 10-1095

 

Miners shot down 2014

"In August 2012,  mineworkers in one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later,  the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike,  killing 34 and injuring many more. Miners Shot Down shows the courageous fight waged by a group of low-paid  workers against the combined forces of mining company Lonmin, the ANC government  and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country's first post-apartheid massacre."--Container. 1 videodisc (86 min.)

MEDIA 10-5172

 

On the line, 1924 c1998

When Henry Ford's Model T rolled onto the scene in 1908, it was inconceivable that it would ever be anything more than a plaything for the wealthy. But mass production and later Ford's moving assembly line, allowed manufacturers to produce goods at affordable prices that made them accessible to a new mass market. This film follows the acceleration of mass production, from the days of master craftsmen to the pressures and benefits of assembly-line work, to the growing strength of "people power" as labor and management struggled to divide the fruits of increased productivity. 1 videocassette (56 min)

MEDIA 10-3560

 

On the side of "angels" 2007

Mathieu Verboud, Bruno Nahon, ARTE France, Zadig Productions, and Icarus Films

For some, there comes a time when the recognition of malfeasance, corruption or other wrongdoing demands that they take a moral and ethical stand and speak truth to power. Tells the story of several prominent whistleblowers around the world who exposed corruption and theft. The film makes clear that in order to protect the public interest, these courageous individuals, despite being "on the side of angels" must pay a heavy personal price to expose government or corporate fraud and corruption. 1 videodisc (52 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3318

 

Roger & me c2003, 1989

Michael Moore, Warner Bros, Dog Eat Dog Films, and Warner Home Video (Firm)

Chronicles "the efforts of the world's largest corporation, General Motors, as it turns its hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town. In his quest to discover why GM would want to do such a thing, filmmaker Michael Moore, a Flint native, attempts to meet the chairman, Roger Smith, and invite him out for a few beers up in Flint to 'talk things over'. In between his efforts to see Smith, Moore, the son of a Flint autoworker, takes us on a bizarre journey through Flint accompanied along the way by Ronald Reagan, Miss America, Pat Boone, Bob 'Newlywed Game' Eubanks, and TV evangelist Robert Schuller -- all of whom show up to save Flint from destruction" -- Producer's website. 1 videodisc (90 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2727

 

Shift change c2013

"...visits the 50-year-old network of cooperative businesses in Mondragon, Spain, and thriving examples of such businesses in U.S. The film shares on-the-ground experiences, lessons, and observations from the worker-owners on the front lines of the new economy."--Container. 1 videodisc (70 min.)

MEDIA 10-4345

 

Workingman's death 2007

Michael Glawogger, Erich Lackner, Mirjam Quinte, Pepe Danquart, John Zorn, Lotus Film (Firm), Quinte Film, and Cinema Guild

Glawdogger deconstructs contemporary conceptions of work by showcasing six of the most grueling and dangerous professions he could find. At once a rejoinder to those predicting the death of manual labour and a ground-level lesson on globalization, the film makes the efforts of these impoverished men something heroic. They represent a forgotten kind of courage. All of this work is captured in Glawogger's characteristic stunning compositions, with an eye for the harsh grandeur of elemental and industrial environments. Features Ukrainian miners working in abondoned coal mines, Indonesian sulphur gatherers, Nigerian slaughterhouse workers, Pakistani shipbreakers, Chinese steelworkers and German smelters. 1 videodisc (122 min.)

MEDIA 10-2131

 

Labor

The 14 points 1992

W. Edwards Deming, Clare Crawford-Mason, and Lloyd Dobyns

Dr. Deming explains the 14 points that changed the world economy. Viewers learn how to create "constancy of purpose" toward improvement of product and service, to become competitive, stay in business and provide jobs; how to stop relying on inspection and build quality into the product in the first place; and how to drive out fear and break down barriers between departments so that everyone may work effectively as a team. 1 videocassette (40 min.)

MEDIA 2-1951

 

1877 the grand army of starvation 1984

Stephen Brier, Charles Musser, and James Earl Jones

Re-enactment of the great railroad strike and general uprising of 1877. In the summer of that year, a rebellion by hundreds of thousands of Americans paralyzed the nation. Outraged by the excessive greed of railroad "barons" and the misery of a four-year depression, railroad strikers and sympathizers across the country clashed with police, militia, and federal troops, leaving over one hundred dead and thousands wounded. 1 videocassette(25 min.)

MEDIA D-446

 

5 factories worker control in Venezuela 2006

Dario Azzellini, Oliver Ressler, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and California Newsreel (Firm)

Documents the experiences of workers' participation and control in 5 different factories, the aluminium smelter at Alcasa, the tomato processing plant in Caigua, a chocolate factory, a textile cooperative in Tachira and the paper mill in Carabobo, Invepal. 1 videodisc (81 min.)

MEDIA 10-1100

 

AgrAbility promoting success in agriculture for people with disabilities 1993

Dana S Brumitt-Burton

Discusses the AgraAbility Project, a federally-sponsored outreach service which helps injured and disabled farmers get back to work by providing access to social services and adaptive equipment. Several farmers with disabilities share their personal stories, including how AgrAbility assisted them in continuing to live and work on their farms. 1 videocassette (15 min., 57 sec.)

MEDIA 2-2464

 

American dream 1992

Barbara Kopple and Arthur Cohn

The true-life story of a workers strike in Austin, Minn.  When the Hormel Company made 2 million in profits and then cut workers salary by $2 an hour and benefits by 30%, the workers saw only one option: strike. 1 videocassette (98 min.)

DANA. MEDIA 958 2-3285

 

--And the earth did not swallow him 2008

Paul Espinosa, Severo Perez, Tomaas Rivera , American Playhouse Theatrical Films, KPBS (Television station : San Diego, Calif.), Severo Perez Films, and Kino International Corporation

A young Mexican-American boy's coming of age amid the poverty and adversity he and his family face as migrant farm workers in the 1950s. 1 videodisc (99 min.)

MEDIA 10-1373

 

At any cost 1995

Michael Christoffersen

Shows the difficult conditions faced by trade unionists in their work throughout today's Asia. Debates the need for social clauses in international trade agreements. 1 videocassette (32 min.)

MEDIA 2-3774

 

The battle of the Titans problems of the global economy 1993

Hans Bülow, Poul-Erik Heilbuth, and Jonathan Sydenham

This documentary highlights the migration of jobs from developed countries to developing nations like Egypt, Nigeria, Indonesia where labor is plentiful and cheap. 1 videocassette (54 min.)

MEDIA 2-6016

 

The Bayview Massacre of 1886 c1987

David Thomas, Wisconsin Labor History Society, and Milwaukee Access Telecommunications Authority

Describes the struggle of the working class to achieve an eight-hour working day. 1 videocassette (15 min.)

MEDIA 2-6436

 

Behind the smile 1993

Alan Handel and Luis de Cespedes

This film presents the human cost of Thailand's rapid industrialization by examining the living conditions of young female factory workers in Bangkok, who help support their families in the poorer rural areas of the country. 1 videocassette (46 min.)

MEDIA 2-6013

 

Beyond culture shock 1983

Irving Saraf, Lennie Copeland, Jim Block, and Ned Miller

Intended to help families adjust to living abroad through exploration of cultural and business practices in various foreign countries.  Experts in cross-cultural topics and international living and seasoned travelers discuss the reaction to moving away from home and adjusting to life in a different society. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA 2-2815

 

Beyond the glass ceiling women's climb to the executive suite 1992

Susan Rook and Betsy Kulman

Women have been trapped below an invisible glass ceiling, able to see the executive suite, but unable to enter.  Those who do, tend to be relegated to a "pink ghetto" of executive jobs in marketing, advertising and human resources.  CNN's Special Reports documentary takes us Beyond the Glass Ceiling for an in-depth examination of the challenges and opportunities ahead for women in the executive suite. 1 videocassette (41 min.)

DANA 1161

 

The big one 1998

Michael Moore and Kathleen Glynn

"Michael Moore, armed only with a camera and a sharp sense of humor, is searching America's heartland for an executive who will respond to the question: If Fortune 500 companies are posting record-setting profits, why do they continue laying off thousands of workers?"--Container. 1 videocassette (90 min.)

DANA 1587

 

Biting the bullet 1991

Patrice O'Neill, Rhian Miller, Conn Malachi Hallinan, and Ned Beatty

When a large defense plant in Waveland, Mississippi is shut down as part of a nationwide program to reduce federal defense spending, the laid-off workers at the plant, who are also residents of Waveland, and Waveland itself, face an uncertain economic future. 1 videocassette (29 min.)

MEDIA 2-2187

 

Black gold 2006

Marc Francis, Nick Francis, California Newsreel (Firm), Fulcrum Productions, and Speak-it Films

"After oil, coffee is the most actively traded commodity in the world. Tracing the path of the coffee consumed each day to the farmers who produce the beans, Black Gold asks us to 'wake up and smell the coffee', to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it. 1 videodisc (ca. 77 min.)

MEDIA 10-769

 

Black sugar 1989

Examines the mistreatment of Haitian laborers hired to cut sugar cane on plantations owned by the Dominican Republic State Sugar Council. Describes fraudulent recruitment promises, the practice of confiscating workers' official papers, extremely low wages, and the squalor, disease, and hunger of the work camps. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 2-1597

 

Clockwork 1981

Norm Fruchter and Eric Breitbart

Through archival and contemporary documentary footage, studies the role of Frederick Winslow Taylor in the development of "scientific management" in the early 20th century. Explains the techniques Taylor devised to study worker movements and the methods he conceived to divide complex jobs into smaller, unskilled routines. 1 videocassette  (25 min.)

MEDIA 2-2636

 

Coal bucket outlaw 2002

Tom Hansell

Follows two Kentucky coal truck drivers on their work routines. Shows how the drivers must continue to break a number of laws and regulations on a daily basis, just to meet schedules. 1 videocassette (27 min.)

MEDIA 2-6124

 

Coffee break! 1997

J orgen Laurvig, Bent Erik Kroyer, and Fradley Garner

A documentary film during the coffee harvest on a farm near the border between Nicaragua and Honduras.  1 videocassette (27 min.)

MEDIA 2-6033

 

Collision course 1987

Peter Coyote and Alex Gibney

Relates labor/management conflicts of Eastern Airlines during 1970s and 1980s. Examines both autocratic and democratic management styles through personal interviews, archival film, news videos, and photos. 1 videocassette (48 min.)

MEDIA 2-2634

 

Communication across cultures 1991

Price M Cobbs

Describes the need for employers and employees to understand differences in customs and manners and social mores in order to most effectively communicate in a business world that is involved in intercultural transactions. 1 videocassette (30 min.)

MEDIA 2-2232

 

The customer is always Dwight how to achieve 100% quality the first time, every time 1988

John Lloyd, Graeme Garden, and Andrew Sachs

Discusses how to achieve 100% quality in all areas of work; not just production but sales, accounts, distribution, administration--every department or section of the organization--by using "Process Management" to get things right the first time. 1 videocassette (22 min.)

MEDIA 2-3740

 

A day without a Mexican c2004

Sergio Arau, Yareli Arizmendi, John Getz, Maureen Flannigan,  Muse Watson, Fernando Arau, and Xenon Pictures

California awakens one day to discover that one third of its population has vanished. A peculiar pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries has completely shut down. As the day progresses, it becomes apparent the sole characteristic linking the missing 14 milion is their Hispanic heritage. 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.)

MEDIA 10-350

 

Diversity at work 1992

Lennie Copeland and Price M Cobbs

This video describes the various cultural backrounds and work ethics that people must learn to become adaptable with in a new environment in order to work productively. 1 videocassette (30 min.)

MEDIA 2-2745

 

Do not fold, staple, spindle or mutilate 1967

John Howe, Millard Lampell, Ricky O'Neil, Kurt Schiegl, Len Dancheff, and Rick Campbell

The story of a local union president who is challenged by younger workers in the union. In the contest for the union presidency, the young workers charge the aging leader with being out of touch and not giving adequate leadership to the local. 1 videocassette (51 min.)

MEDIA D-319

 

Effective classroom management in the elementary school 1980

Illustrates teaching principles and activities that establish an effective learning environment in the first weeks of school. 1 videocassette (30 min.)

MEDIA. MEDIA 2-316 2-316 guide

 

El Crucero 1987

Julia Lesage

Documentary presenting an in-depth picture of El callao, a coffee plantation in Nicaragua's El Crucero region. Four different aspects of life and politics on that farm are shown. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

DANA. MEDIA 422 2-626

 

El mojado The Wetback 1974

Danny Lyon and J. J Meeker

Follows Eduardo from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico to Albuquerque, New Mexico in his search for work to provide for his family living near Chihuahua, Mexico. Also includes interviews with other undocumented workers and members of the United States Border Patrol. 1 videocassette (15 min.)

DANA 367

 

El Otro lado The Other side 1979

Danny Lyon

Deep in Mexico, two brothers, a father and friends leave for work.  They ride a bus 1300 miles north and cross into the United States by walking through the desert.  They call the U.S. el otro lado, or, the other side. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

DANA 372

 

Employer vs. employee 1982

Phil Donahue

Phil Donahue hosts a program presenting the case of Virginia Rulon-Miller, who was fired by IBM for dating an employee of a competitor, and was later awarded $300,000 in a "wrongful discharge" suit against IBM. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA 2-452

 

Empowering workers  1992

Reggie Harris and Lisa Rothwell

This program surveys various attempts to increase quality and productivity by giving employees more direct input into the work process. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA 2-1942

 

Ending welfare as we know it 1998

Meredith Vieira, Robert Weisberg, and Megan Cogswell

"...follows six welfare mothers over the course of a year as they struggle to comply with new work requirements, find reliable child care and transportation, battle drug addiction and depression, confront domestic violence, and try to make ends meet in the new era of welfare reform."--Container. 1 videocassette (90 min.)

DANA. MEDIA 831 2-3680

 

Eyes on the fries young workers in the service economy 2004

Casey Peek, Jeremy Blasi, Stuart Tannock, Owen Thomas, University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education, and Peek Media (Firm)

While good jobs in high tech and manufacturing are increasingly hard to find, companies like Subway, Starbucks, and Blockbuster are opening stores at a pace of one a day. This film examines the rise of the low wage service sector and what it means for a generation of young Americans whose lives depend on it. 1 videodisc (21 min.)

SMLR 26

 

Faat Kine 2000

Ousmane Sembène, Wongue Mbengue, Venus Seye, Mame Ndoumbé, Ndiagne Dia, Mariama Balde, Awa Sene Sarr, and Tabata Ndiaye

The deceptively light domestic drama of Faat Kine, a gas station operator, and unwed mother of two, who climbs the ladder of success in a male dominated field. 1 videcassette (121 min.)

MEDIA 2-5725

 

Families first 1992

Bill D Moyers and Gail Pellett

A report on an alarming crisis in the American social services system and an examination of a growing national movement that has achieved success in keeping families in trouble together through the innovative strategy of working with them in their homes. This documentary visits families in Missouri, Kentucky, and Michigan, who are dealing with personal crisis--parental neglect or abuse, parental substance abuse, out-of-control teenage behavior--that threaten them with the loss of their children to foster care. 1 videocassette (90 min.)

MEDIA 2-2392

 

Far from Poland 1995?

Jill Godmilow, Ruth Maleczech, Mark Margolis, John Perkins, William Raymond, John Deldine, Susan Delson, Mark Magill, and Andrzej Tomowski

Combines documentary footage and dramatic reenactments to portray the Polish Solidarity Movement and labor struggles. 1 videocassette (109 min.)

MEDIA 2-6203

 

Fast food women 1991

Anne Lewis

Examines the working conditions of women employed in fast food restaurants in eastern Kentucky. 1 videocassette (29 min.)

MEDIA 2-1876

 

Fatherhood USA: Juggling family and work 2003, c2000

Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt, John Shea, Cine Qua Non (Firm), and Films for the Humanities (Firm)

Traditional role models of men portray them as providers, while women have historically been expected to attend to all domestic matters. This program features three men who, when forced to choose between family and career, chose their families. They discuss the implications of that choice, the impact it has had on their careers and conceptions of themselves as fathers, and the new opportunities that their non-traditional paths have afforded them. 1 videodisc (57 min.)

MEDIA 10-266 v.2

 

Final offer 1985

Sturla Gunnarsson, Robert Collinson, and Jeff Warren

"[Follows] Bob White, the president of the Canadian UAW, through the landmark 1984 negotiations and 13 day auto strike at General Motors .... White is caught between the hard-ball tactics of GM ... and the pressures of his own militant membership .... [A] candid look at the dynamics of collective bargaining and shop floor life." -- Publisher's flyer. 1 videocassette (79 min.)

MEDIA 2-2631

 

Free trade slaves c1999

Juan Salvat, Stef Soetewey, Peter Breuls, Televisió de Catalunya, Kanakna Documentary (Firm), and Films for the Humanities (Firm)

Film discusses free trade zones and the accompanying human problems that have arisen with human rights, exploitation of workers and environmental degradation. Filmed on location in Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mexico and Morocco. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 2-6692

 

The future of work  c1995

Jeremy Rifkin, Filmakers Library, inc, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Economist Jeremy Rifkin discusses the displacement of workers by the information revolution and what alternative approaches societies might take to deal with changes in the workplace. 1 videocassette (ca. 28 min.)

MEDIA 2-6481

 

The global assembly line 1986

Lorraine Gray

Examines the economic and social consequences in both industrial and developing nations of the drive in high tech industries to increase profits and reduce costs by removing production to third world countries. 1 videocassette (ca. 58 min.)

MEDIA. MEDIA 2-1327 2-6177

 

The guestworker c2006

Cynthia Hill, Charles Thompson, Charles Dillard Thompson, and Filmakers Library, inc

Documents the story of Mexican farm workers who enter the United States legally as part of the H-2A guest worker program, and looks at the issues surrounding the program.  Focuses on a 66-year-old man who has worked on North Carolina farms for forty years, both legally and illegally, and on his employer, who is dependent upon foreign laborers to sustain his farm. 1 videodisc (53 min.)

MEDIA 10-1018

 

Harvest of shame 1991

Bernard Birnbaum, Edward R Murrow, and Dan Rather

Documentary showing the degradation and exploitation of migrant farmworkers in the United States.  This broadcast led to the passage of laws protecting the worker's rights. 1 videocassette (55 min.) 1 videocassette (55 min.)

MEDIA 2-2482

 

Heaven will protect the working girl  1993

Pennee Bender, Joshua Brown, and Andrea Ades Vasquez

Period still and motion pictures and words derived from interviews, memoirs, newspapers and other sources are assembled to show the life of immigrant shirtwaist makers in New York City during the first decade of the 20th century.  Illustrates the strike movement and their arrests. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA 2-2087

 

Hijos de la Montańa de Plata Children of the Silver Mountain 2006

Juan S Betancor, Leonardo Díaz, Siddhartha FIlms, and Filmakers Library, inc

The mines of Bolivia date back 1545 to the Spanish conquerors who discovered pure silver in an Inca region dominated by a mountain they named Cerro Rico. At its base the city of Potosi grew, along with the largest mining industry of its time. Four centuries later the mines still produce silver, zinc and lead while the miners work in hazardous conditions that have changed little over the years. The film gives a brief historyof COMIBOLI, the multi-mineral corporation controlled by organized labor which failed to keep pace with modern technology. The film shows the difficulties of the miners lives--long hours that can only be sustained by the chewing of coca leaves. Silicosis is rampant for the miners breathe air laden with silicon particles. Despite these harships, the miners feel a pride in their profession and in the tradition they are maintaining. 1 videodisc (53 min.)

MEDIA 10-1139

 

Huelga! 1968

Mark Jonathan Harris, Paul Herlinger, and Skeets McGrew

Documents the first 18 months of the continuing migrant labor strikes against grape growers in California's San Joaquin Valley. Describes events leading up to the strikes and the development of small unions in the area. 1 videocassette (52 min.)

MEDIA 2-2476

 

I am somebody 1970

Madeline Anderson, American Federation of Non-violence, and National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees

Focuses on the 1969 hospital strike in Charleston, S.C. The film reports on the coalition of labor and civil rights groups which joined forces to support the organizing drive of Local 1199, Drug and Hospital Union, to win recognition for hospital workers. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA D-113

 

In cane for life A vida em cana 2003

Jorge Wolney Atalla,  Yukon Filmworks (Firm), and Cinema Guild

An environmental law has ruled that by 2015 practically all cane harvesting must be mechanized. This video portrays the daily routine of the 800,000 people who cut sugar cane for a living. 1 videocassette (69 min.)

MEDIA 2-6563

 

In the land of plenty 1999

Susana Aikin and Carlos Aparicio

Provides a human portrait of workers at the mercy of a greedy system as it follows Mexican migrant agricultural laborers in the strawberry fields of Watsonville, California. 1 videocassette (62 min.)

MEDIA 2-6038

 

An injury to one c2002

Travis Wilkerson, First Run/Icarus Films, and Up Front, Inc

Provides a glimps of early 20th century American labor history in Butte, Montana and how the history of Butte was entirely shaped by its exploitation by the Anaconda Mining Company. Chronicles the mysterious death in 1917 of Wobbly organizer Frank Little. 1 videocassette (53 min.)

MEDIA 2-6483

 

Intrapreneurs 1986

Gifford Pinchot, Steve Katten, and Peter Jordan

Takes the viewer behind-the-scenes of corporate giants such as DuPont, Digital Equipment Corporation, Polaroid Corporation and 3M for first-hand accounts of intrapreneuring.  Through interviews with both intrapreneurs themselves and the managers who supported them by taking financial and political risks, viewers learn how these ideas were brought to fulfillment. 1 videocassette (61 min.)

DANA 206

 

La Ira de la uvas 1986

Illustrates the use of pesticides on commercial grape orchards.  Presents interviews with owners and workers.  Workers discuss their health problems induced by pesticides. Cesar Chavez, spokesman for the United Farm Workers of America, talks about the Union's demands for fair elections in the workplace, good faith bargaining, and testing for residue of pesticides. 1 videocasette (16 min.)

DANA 125

 

It takes a child Craig Kielburger's story : a journey into child labor 1998

Judy Jackson, Craig Kielburger, Jennifer Dale, and Deborah Parks

"Craig Kielburger was 12-years-old when child labor activist Iqbal Massih was killed in Pakistan.  That event changed Craig's life forever. He went on a seven-week trip to South Asia to find out everything he could about the lives of child laborers.  What he learned has turned him into a passionate, articulate, and incredibly effective advocate on their behalf. With a group of his peers Craig has founded 'Free the Children,' a children's organization that now has 10,000 members in 20 countries."--Container. 1 videocassette (56 min., 2 sec.)

MEDIA 2-5152

Labor (Continued)

Jobs, not what they used to be the new face of work in America 1996

Hodding Carter, Christopher Koch, and Susan Koch

1 videocassette (60 min.)

DANA 493

 

Keten van liefde Chain of love 2001

Marije Meerman, First Run/Icarus Films, and Dix Noonan Webb

"A film about the Philippines' second largest export product-- maternal love-- and how this export affects the women involved, their families in the Philippines, and families in the West"--Container. 1 videocassette (50 min.)

MEDIA 2-7212

 

The killing floor 1997, 1984

Elsa Rassbach, Leslie Lee, George Manasse, Bill Duke, Damien Leake, Alfre Woodard, and Clarence Felder

Frank Custer is a young black man from rural Mississippi who, in 1917, came north to make his fortune at the beginning of World War I. There, the only job he can get is at one of Chicago's meat-packing plants, working in the slaughtering area called the killing floor, where he is caught up in a war between the "packers" and those trying to form a labor union. 1 videocassette (118 min.)

MEDIA 2-3441

 

Last Pullman car 1996

The story of the closing of the last factory in America to manufacture subway and railroad cars.  Shows the confrontation between Pullman workers fighting to save their jobs and the modern Pullman conglomerate. 1 videocassette (56 min.)

DANA 925

 

The life and times of Rosie the Riveter c2007

Connie Field, Lola Weixel, Margaret Wright , Lyn Childs, Gladys Belcher, Wanita Allen, Clarity Educational Productions, and National Endowment for the Humanities

Five women, who worked in the shipyards and defense plants during World War II, recount their experiences at work and offer comments on society's expectations of them during the war effort and after the war.  Their narratives are interspersed with sequences from war department films, newsreels, and Hollywood movies made during that time which concerned women working outside the home. 1 videodisc (65 min.)

MEDIA 10-1729 281 2-564  2-7281

 

Litigating disaster c2004

Ilan Ziv, Luc Martin Gousset, Amos Cohen, Joshua Kaliner, Sveriges television, Pont du Jour, Tamouz Media, ARTE France, and First Run/Icarus Films

On December 3, 1984, Bhopal, India suffered a massive chemical disaster when vast amounts of toxic gas leaked from the Union Carbide pesticide factory, killing thousands of people and poisoning hundreds of thousands of others.  This film presents the evidence assembled against Union Carbide, including documents and interviews with former Union Carbide employees. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 2-6904

 

Looking back at you 1998

Andrew Snell and Sebastião Salgado

This film examines the photography and photojournalism of Sebastiao Salgado. Particular emphasis is on his book, "Workers".  Archival footage of Salgado's life and commentary from artists, photographer, etc. is also included. 1 videocassette (59 min.)

DANA 1667

 

Made in China c2007

Jean-Yves Cauchard, Mathias Lavergne, France 5, Centre national de la cinaematographie (France), Hikari Productions, and California Newsreel (Firm)

"Follows the lives of a typical Chinese migrant couple, Heqing and Heping Fan, including their first trip home after two years in [the Cixi Industrial Zone] ... Demonstrates how one generation of Chinese is experiencing the culture shock of an Industrial Revolution which took centuries in the West"--Container. 1 videodisc (57 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1906

 

Made in L.A Hecho en Los Angeles 2007

Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar, Lisa Leeman, Semilla Verde Productions, Independent Television Service, American Documentary Films, P.O.V. (Firm), and California Newsreel (Firm)

Follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants, Lupe Hernandez, María Pineda, Maura Colorado, working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a mega-trendy clothing retailer. 1 videodisc (70 min.)

MEDIA 10-1151

 

Maid in America 2004

Anayansi Prado, Leadingham Kevin, Impacto Films (Firm), and Women Make Movies (Firm)

This video takes a look into the lives of three Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles. The issue of worker' rights is introduced in the film. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 2-7214

 

Managing differences 1992

Lennie Copeland and Price M Cobbs

Describes the differences which people of various races and cultures bring to the work environment, and how management must take these differences into consideration in order to promote communication and productive work relations. 1 videocassette (30 min.)

MEDIA 2-2744

 

Managing diversity 1992

Reggie Harris, Tony Heriza, and Peter Mattaliano

This program looks at how the influx of women, minorities and immigrants into the American workforce is transforming corporations and labor unions. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA 2-1943

 

Managing people in the new workplace  2002

Chip Taylor Communications, Big Time Media (Firm), and  VEA Management Solutions

"This program focuses on the personal level of managing people, aiming to help managers understand the effects of changes on themselves and their staff.  It provides a framework for understanding expected reactions to change, common behaviors adopted by people who feel threatened by change, and management actions that help people to move forward."--Container. 1 videocassette (15 min.)

MEDIA 2-6285

 

Manufacturing miracles 1987

Alex Gibney, Christopher Fryman, Peter Coyote, and Beth Spiegel

Examines the labor-management practices of Mazda Motor Corp. as a model of the Japanese approach to management. Shows their comprehensive training programs, reassignment of assemblers rather than layoffs, and their nurturing of a flexible and resourceful workforce. 1 videocassette (32 min.)

MEDIA 2-2635

 

Maquilapolis City of factories c2006

Vicky Funari, Sergio De La Torre, Independent Television Service, CineMamás Productions, Grupo Factor X, Colectivo Chilpancingo, Promotoras por los Derechos de las Mujeres, and California Newsreel (Firm)

Explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's assembly factories and the female laborers who have organized themselves for social action. 1 videodisc (68 min.)

DANA. MEDIA 326 10-1095

 

Mean things happening 1993

Dante J James, Joe Morton, and Steve Fayer 

In the American democracy of the 1930's two visions of liberty collided as working men and women battled landowners and factory managers for the right to join a union. On the tenant farms and in the steel favtories working peoplw asserted their citizenship in the midst of great economic turmoil and a tide of government reform. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

MEDIA. MEDIA 2-2226 2-4180

 

Miles of smiles, years of struggles the untold story of the Black Pullman Porter 1983

Jack Santini, Paul Wagner, and Rosina Tucker

Chronicles the organizing of the first black trade union--the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.  This inspiring story of the Pullman porters provides the most in-depth account on film of African-American working life between the Civil War and World War II. 1 videocassette (59 min., 30 sec.)

DANA. MEDIA 360 2-927

 

No les pedimos un viaje a la luna We aren't asking for the moon 1986

Mari Carmen de Lara

The collapse of a Mexican dressmaking factory during an earthquake causes the surviving dressmakers to become more aware of their common bond. The unsafe working conditions and exploitation by the factory owners are highlighted by the tragedy of the quake, instigating the dressmakers to form a union. 1 videocassette (ca. 58 min.)

MEDIA 2-726

 

On the line, 1924 1998

David Espar, Peter Pagnamenta, Zvi Dor-Ner, Kathleen Couril, and Alfre Woodard

When Henry Ford's Model T rolled onto the scene in 1908, it was inconceivable that it would ever be anything more than a plaything for the wealthy. But mass production and later Ford's moving assembly line, allowed manufacturers to produce goods at affordable prices that made them accessible to a new mass market. This film follows the acceleration of mass production, from the days of master craftsmen to the pressures and benefits of assembly-line work, to the growing strength of "people power" as labor and management struggled to divide the fruits of increased productivity. 1 videocassette (56 min)

MEDIA. MEDIA 2-3843 2-4004

 

The organizer 1997, 1964

Marcello Mastroianni, Annie Girardot, Bernard Blier, Franco Cristaldi, Mario Monicelli, Age, Scarpelli, and Pierluigi Urbini

"In 19th century Turin, an itinerant professor unites a ragtag group of textile workers in a strike against their factory"--Container. 1 videocassette (127 min.)

MEDIA 2-3635

 

Organizing America a history of trade unions in the U.S 1994

Kyle Boyd, Susan Pointon, Michael Martin, Joseph W Powell, Joe William Trotter, Rex Hardesty, Ken Sullivan, Maurine Weiner Greenwald, and J. Davitt McAteer

Broadly tracing American labor history, this program incorporates interviews, personal accounts, and archival footage to provide a fresh perspective on the history of labor issues including health and safety conditions, the minimum wage, discrimination, job security and strikes. It presents the struggle of American labor against the backdrop of major events that shaped American society as a whole: world wars, the industrial revolution, immigration, unemployment, class conflict, child labor, women in the workplace, civil rights and the emergence of high technology. 1 videocassette (40 min.)

MEDIA 2-3804

 

La Patagonia rebelde Rebellion in Patagonia 198-?

Osvaldo Bayer, Fernando Ayala, Hector Olivera, Luis Brandoni, Federico Luppi, Pepe Soriano, and Héctor Alterio

Film based on actual historical events involving the brutal military suppression of a series of strikes by rural workers in the southernmost province of Argentina in the early 1920's. 1 videocassette (107 min.)

MEDIA 2-2812

 

A. Philip Randolph for jobs & freedom 1996, 1995

Lynne Thigpen and Dante J James

Biography of the African American labor leader, journalist, and civil rights activist, A. Philip Randolph.  Randolph won the first national labor agreement for a black union, The Sleeping Car porters. His threat of a protest march on Washington forced President Roosevelt to ban segregation in the federal government and defense industries at the onset of WWII and later he forced Truman to integrate the military. Finally with the 1963 March on Washington, Randolph succeeded in placing civil rights at the forefront of the nation's legislative agenda as he passed the torch to Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes music of the labor and civil rights movements. 1 videocassette (87:10 min.)

DANA 871

 

Profits and promises reworking the American dream 1994

Arthur Raphael Miller, Fred W Friendly, Barbara Margolis, and Mark Ganguzza

Panel discussion with Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich, former Xerox CEO David Kearns, GM Board Chairman John G. Smale, and other prominent business and labor leaders on the topic of what, if anything, do American corporations owe their workers as companies are reorganizing or relocating. 1 videocassette (57 min.)

DANA 584

 

Remote sensing c2001

Ursula Biemann and Women Make Movies (Firm)

This video essay discusses the routes and reasons women travel across the globe for work in the sex industry. 1 videocassette (56 min.)

MEDIA 2-7217

 

The Rouge 199-?

John Owens and Emery King

When built in 1918, the Ford motor plant in Detroit was the largest industrial complex in the world. This documentary gives a first-hand account of how workers spent their lives in the factory. 1 videocassette (45 min.)

MEDIA 2-5738

 

Sewing woman 1982

Lorraine Dong and Arthur E Dong

Tells the story of one woman's determination to leave war-torn China and build a new life in the United States. Based on the life of Zem Ping Dong who worked in sewing factories for over thirty years. 1 videocassette (14 min.)

MEDIA D-328

 

Sexual harassment on the job 1987

Phil Donahue

Phil Donahue discusses sexual harassment in the work place with guests, Karen Sauvigne and Susan Meyer. Members of the audience present examples of such harassment. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA 2-453

 

Ships of shame 1999?

Poul-Erik Heilbuth, Hans Bülow, and Dorthe Vest Andersen

The focus of this video is on India, where thousands of workers are risking their lives breaking up the ships the West has discarded. 1 videocassette (54 min.)

MEDIA 2-6021

 

Sit down and fight Walter Reuther and the rise of the auto workers union c199-

Charlotte Zwerin, David G McCullough, Tresa Hughes, PBS Video, WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.), WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.), KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.), and Charlotte Zwerin Films

Tells the story of Walter Reuther, a man whose leadership and vision of worker's rights changed the way America worked. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA D-233

 

Skills crisis 1992

Reggie Harris and Peter Mattaliano

This program focuses on the growing mismatch between available high-tech jobs and workers lacking basic skills. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA 2-1940

 

Song of the canary 1978

Josh Hanig and David Davis

A documentary about the health hazards to workers at a chemical plant in California and at cotton mills in North and South Carolina. Probes the issues of government regulation, medical research, workers' compensation and the actions of employers, unions and workers, themselves, when confronted with life-threatening dangers on the job. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 2-1277

 

Stolen childhoods c2004

Len Morris, Georgia Morris, Mark Jonathan Harris, Meryl Streep, Galen Films, Romano Productions, and South Carolina Educational Television Network

A feature length documentary on child labor. Filmed in seven countries: Brazil, India, the United States, Mexico, Indonesia, Kenya and Nepal, stolen childhoods examines the cost of child labor to the global community, probes the causes of this complex phenomenon and recommends actions that can be taken to eliminate this human rights violation in our lifetime. 1 videocassette (1 hr, 26 min.)

MEDIA 2-7202

 

Stop the traffick 2001

Emily Marlow and Michael Heath

Children as young as 10 years old are trafficked into cities from rural areas to become sex workers or trafficked out to Thailand to work as beggars, domestic laborers, or laborers on construction sites. This program examines the trade and new efforts by the International Labor Organization and local groups to rescue the children and stop the traffic. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA 2-5921

 

Strike Stachka 198-?

Sergei Eisenstein, Grigorii Vasil evich Aleksandrov, Maxim Strauch, Mikhail Gomarov, Alexander Antonov, Judith Glizer, and Boris Yurtsev

Set in pre-World War I Tsarist Russia, the story depicts a strike by factory workers and its brutal suppression by the authorities. The hero and principal character is the mass of workers. 1 videocassette (90 min.)

MEDIA 2-1296

 

Struggles in steel a story of African-American steelworkers 1996

Tony Buba, Ray Henderson, and Dennis C Dickerson

Interviews with more than 70 retired black steelworkers who tell of struggles with the company, the union and white co-workers to break out of the black job ghetto. Film traces a century of black industrial history--the use of blacks as strikebreakers against the all-white union during the 1892 Homestead Strike, the Great Migration of fieldworkers to the North in World War I, the racial divisions between workers during the Great Steel Strike of 1919 and the ultimate success of the CIO organizing drives of the 1930s. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA  DANA 2-2994    872

 

Svokolik vatz'i viniketik sventa Mut Vitz The strength of the indigenous people of Mut Vitz 2000

Documentary showing the lives and work of the organic coffee producers of the Mut Vitz Cooperative in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. 1 videocassette (27 min.)

DANA 1451

 

Tchuma tchato 1997

João Ribeiro, Licínio Azevedo, and Sam Phiri

On the South bank of the Zambezi river, where the borders of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia meet, the first Mozambican experience in community management of natural resources has transformed furtive native hunters into game wardens. 1 videocassette (56 min.)

MEDIA 2-3954

 

A team leader's day empowerment and self-management in an employee-designed workplace 1990

Jackie Ewer and Marv Weisbord

Highlights some important issues for companies moving toward self-managing work teams.  Shows basic principles of successful work design translated into action. 1 videocassette (32 min.)

MEDIA 2-3763

 

This far by faith-- 1991

Patrice O'Neill, Rhian Miller, Alfre Woodard, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Joseph Lowery

Covers the strike at the Delta Pride Catfish processing plant in Indianola, Mississippi, the largest strike by Afro-American workers in the history of the state of Mississippi. Shows events as they unfold until the strike was settled in December, 1990. 1 videocassette (29 min.)

MEDIA 2-2186

 

Ties that bind 1995

Scott R Pearson, Kyung Sun Yu, and Will Durst

Efforts at union organizing in the United States and efforts by management to disrupt union oganizing are examined. 1 videocassette (57 min.)

MEDIA 2-3085

 

Tucker the man and his dream 1989

Francis Ford Coppola, Jeff Bridges, Martin Landau, and Joan Allen

Tucker is a dynamic engineer and an enthusiastic showman who envisions the car of the future. He manages to build a fleet of them--only to have his factory shut down by Detroit's Big Three automobile manufacturers. 1 videocassette (111 min.)

MEDIA 2-773

 

The uprising of '34 1995

George C Stoney, Judith Helfand, and Susanne Rostock

A documentary on the working conditions of cotton mill workers in the South and events surrounding the General Textile Strike of 1934, the effects of which are still felt sixty years later. 1 videocassette (87 min.)

MEDIA 2-3391

 

Waging a living c2004

Roger Weisberg, Public Policy Productions, Inc, WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.), and Filmakers Library, inc

Discusses the day-to-day struggles of four low-wage earners to support their families.  Jean Reynolds and Mary Venittelli of New Jersey, Jerry Longoria of San Francisco, and Barbara Brooks of Freeport, N.Y. relate their dreams, frustrations, and accomplishments. 1 videocassette (85 min.)

MEDIA 2-7531

 

We are driven 1983

1 videocassette (VHS) (60 min.)

MEDIA 2-388

 

We are not your monkeys 1998?

Anand Patwardhan

We are not your monkeys: Short film of song offering the dalit (lower caste) perspective on the Ramayana version of Indic history and the caste system. Occupation, millworker: Textile mills, once the foundation of Bombay's economy, now find it difficult to survive in a changing economic climate. This documentary examines the struggle by millworkers to reopen a mill in 1992 after a four-year lockout by management. 1 videocassette

MEDIA 2-3696

 

What could you do with a nickel? 1981

Cara DeVito, Jeffrey Kleinman, and Barbara Montgomery

Follows the efforts of Black and Hispanic housekeepers to organize the country's first legally recognized union for domestic workers in the South Bronx in 1977. 1 videocassette (26 min)

MEDIA D-314

 

What in the world?: India: India, working to end child labor c2005

Ruth Meehan, Rodney Rice, Radio Telefís Éireann, KMF Productions, and Films for the Humanities (Firm)

Examines India's immense child labor problem and the fight against it. 1 videocassette (26 min.)

MEDIA 2-7130

 

When Mother comes home for Christmas-- 1995

Nilita Vachani, Vangelis Kalambakas, and Ross Daly

Josephine is a migrant worker from Sri Lanka appointed to take full time care of little Isadora in Greece. Josephine's own children are left to a less fortunate fate in the home country. After an absence of 8 years, Josephine travels to Sri Lanka to visit her children for a month and the camera captures the complicated feelings of loss and longing that are the inevitable companions to this transitory union. 1 videocassette (109 min.)

MEDIA 2-5499

 

Where do you stand? stories from an American mill 2004

Alexandra Lescaze, Firebrand Productions, and California Newsreel (Firm)

On June 23, 1999, after a quarter century of struggle, textile workers in Kannapolis, N.C. won the single largest industrial union victory in the history of the South, a region long known as a bastion of anti-union sentiment. This film traces the story of that epic and often bitter struggle, and examines the efforts of workers to cope with a rapidly changing social and economic climate. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

MEDIA 2-6911

 

Who protects the worker? 1980

Milton Friedman

Examines the workings of the labor market and the role of the labor unions.  Friedman comes up with controversial views in answer to the question, who protects the worker? 1 videocassette (60 min.)

DANA 111

 

The Willmar 8 1980

Lee Grant, Julie Thompson, Mary Beth Yarrow, and California Newsreel (Firm)

Eight women went on strike against the Citizen's National Bank in Willmar, Minn., because of employment discrimination. They formed their own independent union and even though they lost, they found new strength within themselves. 1 videocassette (51 min.)

MEDIA 2-7003

 

Winners and losers  1992

Linda Garmon, Peter Frumkin, and Judy Katz 

The global economy has produced big winners in the clothing industry; there are losers too.  The United States once counted on manufacturing most of the clothes Americans wore, but half of that business is now in the hands of low-wage third world countries.  Consequently, many American manufacturers struggle, while many Americans have lost their jobs. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 2-2272

Labor (Continued)

The Wobblies 1979

Stewart Bird, Deborah Shaffer, and Roger G Baldwin

Former members of the Industrial Workers of the World reveal their feelings, motivations, beliefs, and actions.  Uses union songs, posters, paintings, archival stills, and rare newsreel footage to trace the causes and effects of the one big industrial union that welcomed unskilled, Black, and female workers into its ranks during the early part of this century.  Includes words of famous industrialists, financiers, and other Wobbly opponents as well. 1 videocassette (89 min.)

MEDIA 2-1696

 

Work 1999

Vincent Leduc, Guylaine Laframboise, Bernard Montas, and George Morris

"This program examines work from the early egalitarian hunter/gatherer and agrarian societies to the modern world--a world of multinationals and child slavery, of leisure and hard labor.  Noted anthropologists, such as Professor Herbert Applebaum of SUNY, offer insights into how work has evolved and the challenges faced today, when millions are unemployed, and the economic disparity between the First and Third Worlds is becoming ever greater."--Container. 1 videocassette (53 min.)

MEDIA 2-5943

 

Work vs the family 1992

Reggie Harris and Tony Heriza

This program notes that while the American family has changed, most workplaces have not adjusted to help workers, especially women with children, balance the demands of work and family. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA 2-1941

 

Working family values 1998

Will Durst, Jon Halperin, and Patrice O'Neill

Explores the impact of work on families and the impact of families on work. 1 videocassette (56 min., 46 sec.)

MEDIA 2-6064

 

Working like crazy  1999

Gwynne Basen, Laura Sky, Skyworks Charitable Foundation, TVOntario, National Film Board of Canada, and Fanlight Productions

Looks at the struggles and victories of a group of former mental patients who work in businesses owned and run by other psychiatric survivors. Often labelled "unemployable", they have found a safe place among their peers, a safe place where they can earn some income and rebuild their lives. 1 videocassette (ca. 54 min.)

MEDIA 2-7378

 

Working mom's survival guide 1991

Working moms are caught in a trap of trying to do it all. Being a good parent, partner and professional means being good to yourself first. The working mom's survival guide will help you sort through what's important and what"s not when time is your worst enemy. 1 videocassette (46 min.)

DANA 1028

 

Working together Saturn and the UAW c1994

Henry Bass, Sue Bass, John Lisanti, and Merrimack Films

Describes how the management at Saturn Corporation work together with the UAW to solve labor problems and make decisions. Some principal critics of the Saturn/UAW partnership explain why they oppose it. 1 videocassette (31 min.)

MEDIA 2-7419

 

You've come a long way, maybe? 1981

Greg Pratt

Documentary on working women and the fight for equal pay. Examines the issue of comparable worth, focusing on a case of city nurses in Denver and their fight for higher pay. 1 videocassette (56 min.)

MEDIA 2-5134

Labor - New This Year

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