Opening Night – Friday 22nd Sept.
6.30 Official opening of Festival with the Irish Premiere of the extraordinary Chinese film We The Workers.
After an imposing opening in which Chinese labourers work on a giant metal construction, the documentary switches to the seamier side of the Chinese economic miracle – the exploitation of hundreds of millions of workers.
Filmed between 2009 and 2015, mainly in the industrial heartland of south China, this film follows labour activists helping workers to negotiate with local officials and factory owners over wages and working conditions. Together they struggle to strengthen worker solidarity in the face of threats, attacks, detention and pressures from police and employers. In the process we are shown the workers’ vital sense of justice, their resistance to owners who are only interested in profits, and how they escape becoming victims.
Director: Huang Wenhai • China • 2017 •
179 mins • Chinese with English subtitles
9.30 Post screening discussion with director Huang Wenhai, Jimmy Kelly of Unite the union, Gino Kenny TD, People Before Profit Alliance and Annette Mooney, teacher activist and member of The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland.
10.30 Food / wine reception
We are delighted to announce that this years festival is in collaboration with Cinema Politica and is supported by Wexford County Council and The Arts Council of Ireland