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Night of Labour Film Shorts

28 April, 2008Trade unions from around the world showcase films in Geneva.

This May Day the international labour movement will host a Night of Labour Film Shorts to showcase union films from different sectors and parts of the world that tackle issues important to working people.

"More and more, unions around the world are using film and video to explain issues, motivate membership, persuade policy makers and educate the public," said Anna Biondi, Director of the International Trade Union Confederation Geneva Office and Secretary of the International Labour Organisation Workers' Group, who will open the event on May 1, 2008.

The programme will include film shorts from Australia, Iran, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the UK and feature the documentary Morristown: In the Air and Sun by Anne Lewis. Filmed in the mountains of east Tennessee, interior Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, Morristown presents a working class response to globalisation, migration, factory flight and the organised demand for economic and social justice.

The struggle for equal pay (Equal Pay Story: Scenes from a Turbulent History), the fight for fundamental human rights (Freedom Will Come - The Story of Mansour Osanloo, An Injury to One: The Mexican Miners' Struggle for Union Independence) and trade union efforts to secure improved working conditions (1 er novembre 2007: les chantiers de Zurich en grève, Our Story Our Dream) are just some of the themes of the film shorts.

"A common theme in all of these movies is how working people go about securing and defending their rights, pay and conditions, in the hope of improving their lives," explained Ms Biondi. "These stories speak to us all, in every part of the world."

WHAT:       A Night of Labour Film Shorts

WHERE:    Grütli Theatre, Rue du General-Dufour 16, Geneva

WHEN:       May 1 from 19h00 to 22h00

RSVP:        Admission is free, please RSVP by April 28 to ensure available seating call +41 22 308 5050 or email: [email protected]

The full programme and further information is at: www.imfmetal.org/labourfilms