Films shown in 2017
We the Workers Director: Huang Wenhai • China • 2017 •
Shot over a six-year period (2009-15) mainly in the industrial heartland of south China, a major hub in the global supply chain, this film follows labour activists as they find common grounds with workers, helping them to negotiate with local officials and factory owners over wages and working conditions. Threats, attacks, detention and boredom become part of their daily lives as they struggle to strengthen worker solidarity in the face of threats and pressures from police and their employers. In the process, we see in their words and actions the emergence of a nascent working class consciousness and labour movement in China.
Post screening discussion with director Huang Wenhai, Jimmy Kelly of Unite the union and Gino Kenny TD, People Before Profit Alliance.