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Alternative Histories of Labor Film Series

Alternative Histories of Labor Film Series

Drawing energy from the wave of attention to labor issues prompted by the spread of “right to work” laws and the Fight for Fifteen movement (among others), this series aims to expand on the dominant narrative of labor movements as mostly white and mostly male. These six film screenings and discussions highlight the contributions of...
Bill Morrison's "The Great Flood," October 12

Bill Morrison’s “The Great Flood,” October 12

great floodSouth Side Projections and Blanc Gallery present a special screening of Bill Morrison's The Great Flood in conjunction with an exhibition of work by artist David Geary that chronicles the experiences of African Americans’ migration from the south to Chicago.
Alternative Histories of Labor: "El Teatro Campesino," Oct. 19

Alternative Histories of Labor: “El Teatro Campesino,” Oct. 19

Alternative Histories of Labor continues with El Teatro Campesino, a 1970 film about the theater troupe of the United Farm Workers. Martin Unzueta of Chicago Community and Workers’ Rights, Marcopolo Soto of Aguijón Theater and Contratiempo, and Kim Potowski of University of Illinois at Chicago will lead a discussion after the screening. Where: La Catrina...
Alternative Histories of Labor: "HSA Strike '75" and "I Am Somebody," Sep. 26

Alternative Histories of Labor: “HSA Strike ’75” and “I Am Somebody,” Sep. 26

Alternative Histories of Labor continues with a double feature of films about strikes in healthcare settings. HSA Strike ’75, is a 1976 film about a strike for better patient care at Cook County Hospital. I Am Somebody is a 1970 film about a strike among poorly paid black female hospital workers in South Carolina. Panelists...
Alternative Histories of Labor: "Finally Got the News," Oct. 9

Alternative Histories of Labor: “Finally Got the News,” Oct. 9

Alternative Histories of Labor continues with Finally Got the News, a 1970 film about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers inside and outside the auto factories of Detroit. Northwestern University PhD candidate Annie Sullivan and labor activist Mike Siviwe Elliott will introduce the film and lead a short discussion afterward.
Alternative Histories of Labor: "Union Maids" and "The Willmar 8," Nov. 13

Alternative Histories of Labor: “Union Maids” and “The Willmar 8,” Nov. 13

Alternative Histories of Labor concludes with a double feature of films about women organizing. Three-time Oscar nominee Julia Reichert introduces a screening of her film Union Maids, about three women labor organizers in 1930s Chicago, and The Willmar 8, about a bank strike over sex discrimination in Minnesota.
Alternative Histories of Labor: "Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle," Sep. 8

Alternative Histories of Labor: “Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle,” Sep. 8

Alternative Histories of Labor continues with Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle, a 1982 film about the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Historians Erik Gellman and Christopher Reed of Roosevelt University will introduce the film and lead a short discussion afterward.
Alternative Histories of Labor: "At the River I Stand," August 25

Alternative Histories of Labor: “At the River I Stand,” August 25

We kick off our Alternative Histories of Labor series with At the River I Stand, a 1993 film about the Memphis sanitation workers strike that Martin Luther King Jr. was supporting when he was assassinated. Huey Copeland of Northwestern University will introduce the film and lead a short discussion afterward.
James Van Der Zee and the Harlem Renaissance, September 14

James Van Der Zee and the Harlem Renaissance, September 14

Join South Side Projections and Blanc Gallery for a screening of two films about the Harlem Renaissance and photographer James Van Der Zee. Patric McCoy, the founder of Diasporal Rhythms, will introduce the film and lead discussion afterward.
The Cement Coffin: A Conversation with Geraldine Smith and Charles "Chick" Hoffman

The Cement Coffin: A Conversation with Geraldine Smith and Charles “Chick” Hoffman

The following conversation occurred after our April 27, 2016 screening of The Chair (1962) and The Last Request (2016) as part of the third annual (In)Justice for All Film Festival. The panelists were Geraldine Smith and Charles “Chick” Hoffman. Geraldine Smith is a former death row inmate who wrote two books and mentored young women...
Revolution on Film: The Q&As

Revolution on Film: The Q&As

In 2013 we curated four screenings to accompany AfriCOBRA in Chicago: Philosophy, an exhibition of art by the Chicago-based Black Arts Movement collective AfriCOBRA. Here are audio files and transcripts of the post-film conversations.
IFAFF: The Chair & The Last Request

IFAFF: The Chair & The Last Request

Two films about capital punishment, followed by a Q&A with death penalty attorney Charles "Chick" Hoffman and former death row inmate Geraldine Smith.