CLiFF 2016

WHM is proud to once again host the Canadian Labour International Film Festival in Ottawa. The films in this festival tell the stories of workers from four continents and many more countries. Their voices are not often told, so we are excited to share them with you on December 2nd.

When: Friday, December 2nd, 7 – 9 p.m.
Where: 233 Gilmour Street (PSAC Headquarters)
Cost: Free!

I am

0:03:00 (France) Jacques Collin – French

This is a great day for Mr. Bartleby. This is the culmination of his career he will deliver a speech later to a major acquisition that has just finalized.

Short Film

I am

I am a Machine

0:06:00 (Canada) Pierre Luc Junet – English

Based on a poem of Morris Rosenfeld spoken in yiddish, a jewish textile worker in Montreal rediscovers the past of her community and the struggles of the jewish working class. If women give their effort, energy, time and life doing housework alone, is this not labour? This is free labour! We did not volunteer to do all the housework because of our gender; even if society teaches us that housework is a “woman’s responsibility”. Not anymore! Let’s use our hand not for cleaning, but raise it to say: “No free labour! Share responsibilities equally!”

Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student

I am a machine


0:14:10 (Canada) Patricia Chong – English

In 1999, the part-time cashiers and clerks of the University of Toronto Bookstore unionized with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3261. 16 years ago, in the summer of 2000, these workers went on a 13-week strike for their first union contract. This is their story.


Strike 16

The Real Work

0:05:10 (United States) Jamie McCallum – English

The video essay interrogates the concept of “hard work” through interviews and a social experiment in which 15 people dig holes in a field during a tempestuous Vermont day.


The Real Work

They Call Us Maids – the Domestic Workers’ Story

0:07:00 (United Kingdom) Leeds Animation Workshop – English

The true story of today’s migrant domestic workers, women from the Philippines, Indonesia, North Africa and South-East Asia, who go abroad to support their families. Told in vivid, hand-painted animation.

Animation, labour history

The Migrants- (Retirantes)

0:13:23 (Brazil) Maira Teixeira Coelho – Portuguese

“The short film The Migrants – Retirantes tells the story of a woman traveling through an arid, depopulated region, unable to feed her baby. It presents a dreamlike vision that uses the unique elements of the area where the film is set. A religious procession praying for help, children, local peasants and a group playing traditional music are some of the figures who appear in this sensitive, magical portrait of a suffering people and their difficulties and idiosyncrasies”

Animation, Experimental, Short

A Living Wage

0:20:00 (United States) Dan Albright, Andy Keyes – English

At the front lines of the struggle in Boston for a $15 minimum wage and union rights are Darius Cephas, a McDonald”™s fry cook, and Tiny Figueroa, barista at Dunkin”™ Donuts. Over the course of one year, A LIVING WAGE follows Tiny and Darius as they organize for economic justice, help build a major grassroots social movement and force local politicians into action.

Documentary, Short, Student