Reel Work Labor Flm Festival comes to CSUMB

Two evenings of film showings – part of the 12th annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival – will be held on the campus of Cal State Monterey Bay.

The festival features films that illuminate the lives and struggles of workers in the United States and around the world. This year’s theme is the growing movement of worker-run cooperatives, which have become a vibrant part of society in Argentina, Spain and Greece. As factories shut down, workers move in to run them successfully on their own.

Other films touch on workers’ role in developing literacy in Cuba, women’s and LGBT rights in the workplace and creative youth re-imaging political engagement.

The two programs, as well as one off campus, are sponsored by the CSUMB chapter of the California Faculty Association.


Saturday, April 27, Monterey of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, an afternoon of international films
1 p.m.: Maestra, with guest speaker and CSUMB faculty member Linda Turner Bynoe. Maestra, teacher in Spanish, explores the role of young women who made up the majority of the 1961 Cuban literacy brigade.

2:30 p.m.: You Cannot? We Can! Greek factory workers have taken over their abandoned factory and are preparing to restart production.

3 p.m.: Shift Change, with filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young. Secure, dignified jobs are created in employee-owned workplaces in the U.S and Mondragon co-ops in Spain.

Lilly LedbetterTuesday, April 30, 8 p.m., Tanimura & Antle Library on Divarty Street at Fifth Avenue, Room 1188: Never Got a Dime, a film about Lilly Ledbetter’s 11-year fight for equal pay. The first piece of legislation President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; and Out at Work, stories of LGBT workers as they seek workplace safety, job security and employee benefits.

Thursday, May 2, 8 p.m., Tanimura & Antle Library on Divarty Street at Fifth Avenue, Room 1188: Let Fury Have the Hour, a film about how skateboards, punk rock and poetry led these young people of the 1980s to political engagement.

Admission to all events is free; donations will be accepted. Visitors must purchase a parking permit from a nearby dispenser. Driving directions and a campus map are available at

A complete listing of this year’s films in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties is available here. For more information on the CSUMB screenings, contact Jennifer Colby at 726-2006 or