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Workers Voices: Sramik Awaaz - Bangladeshi Garment Workers Organize
Mon, April 24, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
The Empire State College's Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies in association with The Workers Unite Film Festival, Law@theMargins, The Model Alliance, and Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition screens Workers Voices: Sramik Awaaz on the fourth anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building. With over 1,100 casualties, the easily preventable disaster was the worst single incident in terms of death toll in the history of the garment industry.
Worker Voices is the first film to fully explore the lives, work, and organizing efforts of Bangladesh’s garment workers. Through interviews carried out in 2014 and 2015, and filming through 2016, the film chronicles the barriers faced by the mostly female workers at home, at work, and in life. These interviews reflect some clear policy prescriptives for improving the rights of workers not only in Bangladesh, but the issues raised echoes in workforces around the world even among low wage workers in US and Europe. The film is produced by Chaumtoli Huq and directed by Mohammed Romel.
This event is part of Law@theMargins contemporaneous screenings of Workers Voices on or around the anniversary of Rana Plaza (April 24th) in different cities. Attend the screening and join the conversation with attendees of others screening using hashtags #workersvoices and#lawatmargins. Host a screening in your school, neighborhood to remember Rana Plaza. Contact email@example.com
THIS SCREENING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, FREE OF CHARGE AND WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION WITH THE PRODUCER AND REMEMBER THE TRIANGLE FIRE COALITION.
Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies has created a program for its students, rank and file union electricians, plumbers,paraprofessionals and machinists and other trades to work toward a degree through studies that focus on work, workers and the working-class presence — social, cultural and institutional — in a historical and contemporary context.
The Workers Unite Film Festival is a celebration of Global Labor Solidarity.
The Festival aims to showcase student and professional films from the United States and around the world which publicize and highlight the struggles, successes and daily lives of all workers in their efforts to unite and organize for better living conditions and social justice. We are now a not-for-profit -501(c)(3) organization.
Law@theMargins is an organization that uses law and media to highlight issues of social justice.
Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition educates the public about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire through its on-going projects, educational outreach, and social media sites. To that end, the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition is currently working to establish a permanent art memorial to those who died in the fire, so that their sacrifice will never be forgotten.
The Model Alliance (MA) is a volunteer-run advocacy group for models working in the American fashion industry. Models have an industry voice through the MA.
Space is limited.
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED BEFORE THE FILM.