Patois Film Fest Presents: The Hand That Feeds

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Patois Film Fest Presents: The Hand That Feeds

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PATOIS: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, with support from the New Orleans Film Society, Fight for $15 and a Union, and the Congress of Day Laborers, presents: THE HAND THAT FEEDS ----------------- The Hand That Feeds | USA | 2014 | 88min | Documentary 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. Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again. Written, directed and produced by Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick. --------------------------------- Founded by New Orleans artists and activists, PATOIS: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival is dedicated to nurturing the city’s human rights community, supporting the work of local organizers and organizations involved in these struggles, and providing a forum for artistic expression of local and international issues. PATOIS is back this year after a brief hiatus, ready to premiere new powerful social justice oriented films from around the world while highlighting brilliant local filmmakers and the vital grassroots organizations doing work in the city. WHAT: THE HAND THAT FEEDS screening WHEN: 7:00-9:00 PM, Saturday March 14th WHERE: Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center ADMISSION: $7

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