The 2015 Labor Film Series!! Friday, September 4

Rochester Premiere: THE HAND THAT FEEDS (Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnik, US 2014, 88 min., DCP) At a popular bakery cafe’. 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 earn sub-legal wages, and endure dangerous machinery and abusive managers. In 2012, a small group of them decided to fight back. Risking deportation and loss of their jobs, they teamed up with innovative young organizers and formed a union. In one roller-coaster year, they overcame a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers battled in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters took over the cafe’, and a picket line divided the neighborhood. If they win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country.

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