The Third Binghamton Social Justice & Labor Film Series: SEEDS BENEATH THE SNOW

THURSDAYS March 17 to May 12, 2016        FREE

Doors open 6PM, Film begins 6:30PM Discussion to follow

In this time of political potential & economic turbulence, communal viewing of film is one way to explore the most relevant topics of our time: climate change, income inequality, racism, worker’s rights, human rights, gender oppression, capitalism & many more. The series is not just to inform, but to be an active agent of change by building strong, critical communities capable of vibrant discussion and action. The film series seeks to connect people, ideas, issues & struggles.

March 17 – Land and Freedom In spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. He joins an international group of Militia-men and women, the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista). After being wounded he goes to Barcelona, where he decides to join another group of fighters. They remain in Barcelona and end up fighting other anti-fascist groups. David is disappointed and decides to go back to his old band.

March 31 – Sir! No Sir! In commemoration of Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, March 30th.  In the 1960’s an anti-war movement emerged that altered the course of history. This movement didn’t take place on college campuses, but in barracks and on aircraft carriers. It flourished in army stockades, navy brigs and in the dingy towns that surround military bases. It penetrated elite military colleges like West Point. And it spread throughout the battlefields of Vietnam. It was a movement no one expected, least of all those in it. Hundreds went to prison and thousands into exile. And by 1971 it had, in the words of one colonel, infested the entire armed services. Yet today few people know about the GI movement against the war in Vietnam.

April 14 – Irwin and Fran The story of blacklisted comedian, political satirist, cultural critique, and performer, Irwin Corey, and Fran Corey, member of the Communist Party USA. Now in their 90s, the two look back on their lives and political activities.

Friday, April 29 – A Day’s Work 90 minutes before he was killed on his first day of work as a temporary employee, 21-year-old Day Davis texted a picture of himself to his girlfriend, excited for their future. Now Day’s sister, 17-year-old Antonia, searches for answers. An investigation reveals the troubling issues that led to Day’s death and how the $100 billion temporary staffing industry is putting millions of American workers at risk. Conversation with A Day’s Work Executive Producer and temp worker activist David DeSario to follow. David is the Founding Member of the Alliance for the American Temporary Workforce (AATW) and a former temp worker. He built and maintains the leading online resource for information on the temporary staffing industry ( BINGHAMTON PREMIERE! Co-sponsored by Broome County Worker’s Center

May 12 – Who Needs Sleep In commemoration of Worker’s Memorial Day Ahhh… the glamorous life in Hollywood. Or is it? Film crews routinely work sweatshop hours, often clocking 15 to 18 hour days at the expense of their families, their health, their well-being, and even their lives. In 1997, after a 19-hour day on the set, assistant cameraman Brent Hershman fell asleep behind the wheel, crashed his car, and died. Deeply disturbed by Hershman’s preventable death, filmmaker and multiple-Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler shows how sleep deprivation and long work hours are a lethal combination. Who Needs Sleep? is a commentary on our quality of life.

The Bundy Museum of History & Art / Annex Theatre    (located behind the museum)                129 Main Street / Binghamton NY / / 607.772.9179 /

Sponsored By: Occupational Health Clinical Center of the Southern   Tier / Student-Labor Alliance / The People’s Press/ Broome-Tioga Green Party




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