BloomScreen and ROC-DC present an award-winning documentary which tells the story of immigrant NYC restaurant worker's fight for labor and human rights…
The Hand That Feeds (2014, 84 min), by Robin Blotnick and Rachel Lears - At a popular bakery café, 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 face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back. (https://tinyurl.com/the-hand-that-feeds-trailer)
[En una panadería popular, los residentes de una vecindad de Nueva York reciben repostería y café servido con una sonrisa las 24 horas del día. Pero detrás de escena, los trabajadores inmigrantes indocumentados enfrentan salarios ilegales, maquinaria peligrosa y supervisores abusivos que los amenazan a despido por pedir el día cuando están enfermos. El preparador de sándwiches, Mahoma López, nunca ha estado interesado en la política, pero en enero de 2012, convence a un pequeño grupo de sus compañeros de trabajo a que se defiendan.]
The screening will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with guests from ROC-DC (Restaurant Opportunities Centers United - DC) - who will discuss worker’s rights and their organization’s work in the Food Movement.
*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds support BloomBars. Free organic popcorn and other light refreshments will be served.
ROC-DC is a local restaurant workers’organization founded in September 2009, that is dedicated to improving working conditions in the restaurant industry. Currently the DC chapter has over 500 restaurant worker members and actively outreaches to workers from all communities across the District to build, develop, and lead their worker center.
BloomScreen Indie Film Night is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts, and other guests.
Directions: The location is 7 minutes walking distance from the Columbia Heights METRO Station, and a couple of local parking garages - Target and Giant.