May Day at the Movies: Comedy and Tragedy at Work

Commemorate International Workers’ Day at Hofstra’s 16th annual film festival of new and classic movies focused on work and working people’s lives. The films shown are Painted Nails, The Hand That Feeds, The Measure of a Man, and Boom, Bust, Boom.

Sponsored by the Labor Studies Program



12:50 - 2:15 p.m. -- Painted Nails  
Van Hoang, a Vietnamese nail salon owner serving working class women in San Francisco, unintentionally becomes a contemporary Erin Brockovich-style crusader for worker health and safety. Once she learns that legal loopholes allow the $50-billion cosmetics industry to fill their products with risky, untested chemicals, she mounts an inspiring reform effort.
Introduced by Prof. Gregory DeFreitas (Economics Dept. & Labor Studies)

2:55 - 4:20 p.m. -- The Hand That Feeds
At a popular bakery on Manhattan’s wealthy Upper East Side, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers. Mild-mannered and apolitical, Mahoma López convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back. Risking layoffs and deportation, the workers form their own independent union, launching a journey that will test the limits of their resolve.
Introduced by Prof. Benita Sampedro (Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program)

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. -- The Measure of a Man
Vincent Lindon won the Best Actor award at Cannes last year for starring in this new film about a laid-off factory worker transitioning to a low-paid security guard job in today’s France. According to the glowing NY Times review, it is the story of a decent man “struggling to regain his equilibrium, his place in the world, his sense of personal dignity.” Co-starring Karine de Mirbeck, written and directed by Stephane Brizé.
Introduced by Prof. Les Abrams (Sociology Dept., Hofstra)

6:30 - 7:55 p.m. -- Boom, Bust, Boom
A “seriously comic” look at why crashes happen, told by a member of Monty Python, leading economists, writers, puppets and a movie star. A highly entertaining investigation of the 2008 economic crash, and how we can avoid another global collapse in the future. Tracing the links between the unstable financial system and our reliance on mainstream economics, the film spotlights the mistakes that too many politicians and bankers would like us to forget. Hosted by Terry Jones, the featured economists include Dan Ariely, Paul Krugman, Hyman Minsky and Robert Shiller.
Introduced by Prof. Les Abrams (Sociology Dept., Hofstra)


Date: Monday, May 1, 2017
Time: 12:50 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Free admission. Seating limited. No reservations. For info:


Monday, May 01, 2017





Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


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