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LaborFest 2019: “Sorry To Bother You” Film Screening | SF

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Friday, July 19, 2019 - 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE
518 Valencia | 518 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA


2020 LaborFest | July 1-30

LaborFest is an annual festival celebrating the history and culture of working people through film, art, lectures, and exhibits all over the Bay Area from July 1-30, 2020.

This year’s theme is Labor: Resist, Revolt, Building A New Future.

LaborFest 2020 takes place in a new world. LaborFest will cover the fight for health and safety on the job and the defense of front-line workers and whistle-blowers who speak out for their health and safety rights.

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Because of the limitations on social gatherings, most events will be held virtually through Zoom and other applications; however a few select events will be held in person. The schedule will be subject to change, so please check the website prior to each event. For those events scheduled to use Zoom, you can participate in the discussion by registration.  If you wish to participate in discussions, please sign-up when the information is uploaded to the website.

Friday, July 19, 2019
2020 LaborFest | July 1-30

The future is here and it isn’t pretty, is part of the story in Boots Riley’s “Sorry To Bother You”. Young workers in the tech economy face a dire state, and this film shows how with ideology of capitalism, that you as an individual, can make it even if you have to run over other workers.

The dog eat dog dystopian world we live in, with its billionaires and the thousands of homeless in the streets, is the backdrop of this film as it shows life in Oakland.
The film also shows the lives and music of youth in Oakland as they struggle to survive, and the business methods of telemarketing. What is different about this film is that it shows that it is only the struggle for unionization and collective power that can transform the reality for working people, and this is part of the ideological struggle against the owners and bosses.

In the struggle for unionization of and for unity of all workers regardless of race, nationality and sexual orientation is Riley, who has been publicly arguing for a general strike for many years. He is now being joined by top union leaders who are making similar calls against the government shutdown by Trump and to defend the climate. His film has a relevance that makes it even timelier and it connects with the daily lives of tens of millions of young people who are struggling for a future.
Following the film there will be a discussion.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.


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Categories: *Top Pick*, Fairs & Festivals, Lectures & Workshops, Political Activism, San Francisco Bay Area
Address: 518 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA

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