• November 21, 2013
  • 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm
  • The New Nothing Cinema
    16 Sherman Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 11/21/2013 8:00 pm 11/21/2013 10:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Incite/Insight Film Series: American Dream (Dir. Barbara Kopple, 1991) Join us for a screening of the film American Dream (Dir. Barbara Kopple, 1991) The New Nothing Cinema
16 Sherman Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Thurs. Nov. 21, 8:00 pm
American Dream

(dir. Barbara Kopple, 1991)

Disease and contamination in the meat industry hits the news with more frequency all the time. Few recall that for many decdes meatpacking was one of the most unionized industries in the country, providing a decent wage and an honorable living to thousands of midwestern workers. In the late 1980s, when the Reagan era assault on unions was still in full swing, meatpackers at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota were pressured to accept a wage and benefit cut even though the company had large profits. They decided to resist, and this movie is the remarkable story of their year-long fight, which ultimately pitted them against their company, their neighbors, and even their own union. The rapid de-unonization of meatpacking followed this epic strike, now characterized by low wages, immigrant workers, and widespread occupational injury and illness.

The Incite/Insight Film Series is a project of Shaping San Francisco, The New Nothing Cinema, and The Anthropology And Social Change Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Screenings are at New Nothing Cinema, 16 Sherman Street (Between 6th and 7th, and Folsom and Harrison streets). Nearest BART is Civic Center. Free, please bring drinks and snacks to share.

http://www.shapingsf.org/public-talks/

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