Mayday at the Movies

Hofstra’s Labor Studies Program invites you to its 18th Annual Film Festival Celebrating “International Workers Day” MAYDAY at the MOVIES Comedy & Tragedy at Work.

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater [next to Hammer Lab]


12:50-2:15 p.m.


New-Mexico-born Dolores Huerta threw herself into the tumultuous struggles for civil rights and better workplace safety in the 1960s, then co-founded (with Cesar Chavez) the United Farm Workers union. She has been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was the first Latina inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In praising this new documentary, the NY Times notes that it highlights her efforts to build feminist leadership and “doesn’t shy away from the toll her travels and choices took on her family” of 11 children.

Introduced by Prof. Sharryn Kasmir

2:55-4:20 p.m.           


Soaring inequality and pay paralysis for mostAmerican workers today has been worsened by the sustained assault on union rights since 2010, mounted by big corporations and right-wing politicians. Nowhere has this been more far-reaching than in long pro-union Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker stripped public sector workers of nearly all collective bargaining rights. This new film by Katherine Acosta is an inside look at the issues and worker, student and community activists behind months of mass protests and occupation of the state capitol, that ultimately helped drive Walker from power.

Introduced by Prof. Gregory DeFreitas

4:30-5:55 p.m.           


(The City) Hailed by Newsday as “The most American movie of this or any other recent year,” this tells a surprising, often bittersweet tale of 4 Latin American immigrants seeking work in the depths of the New York City economy. Director David Riker’s neo-realist approach successfully blends a few professional actors with a mostly non-professional cast of recent immigrants.

Introduced by Prof. Benita Sampedro

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

Wednesday, May 01, 2019





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


Labor Studies Program

Phone: 516-463-5040
Website: Click to Visit

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