Movies That Matter Looks at Labor

Event details

  • Tuesday | February 16, 2016
  • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • 10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211

The Hand That FeedsOn Tuesday, February 16 at 4:30 pm, Movies That Matter presents The Hand that Feeds, a film that Peter Keough of the Boston Globe declared “A tribute to American labor . . . socially conscious documentary filmmaking at its best.”

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick.

Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back. Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again. (2015, 84 minutes)