The tenth anniversary Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) returns to PEI December 3 at 7 pm at CUPE’s Donalda MacDonald Boardroom at 26 Paramount Drive, Charlottetown. This Festival brings the best of labour themed documentaries and animated features to locations across Canada.
This year’s films include the following:
On Your Own
In this 27 minute film from Director Fábio Ribeiro, we’re introduced to the stories of workers in Mozambique and the difference between being protected by labour laws versus being at the mercy of the employer. Mozambique has one of the most emergent economies in Africa. In spite of its fast economic growth, the informal workers’ market still supports more families in the country. Unable to miss work one day to go to the doctor when they are ill. Unable to benefit from maternity leave. And without access to a pension at an old age. Alberto, Victória, Crizalda, Beto and Amélia, like many other Mozambicans, are on their own.
This 5 minute animated film from Spain by Director Manuel Reyes Halaby introduces us to a chef that loves his job and enjoys the delicacies he cooks. Today he’s preparing a very different menu for a peculiar group of clients.
Life of Death
In this 5 minute animated Indonesian film from Director Jason Kiantoro, we’re treated to a personal interview with Death. Death, while struggling to balance his work and family life, talks about his existence, his job, and his opinions on human beings.
This 10 minute film by Director Daniel Clarke shares the story of a Canadian journalist and shines a light on the failure of media organisations to properly monitor and manage the mental health of their staff. Jeremy Hainsworth is a Vancouver-based freelance journalist who writes for the Associated Press, Bloomberg News and a variety of civil rights news outlets. During his illustrious career he covered Canada’s worst serial murder trial; that of pig farmer Robert Pickton. Hainsworth experienced horrendous nightmares during the trial, eventually being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of covering the Pickton case and years of crime reporting where he attended scenes of murder, suicide and fatal car accidents. Haunted Witness reveals how Hainsworth suffered in silence while management showed a lack of support for his mental health and wellbeing.
By Directors Mateo Leguizamón and Alejandra Muñoz, Two Themes is a 17 minute Colombian documentary that tells the story of Adriana; an artist, immigrant and fighter woman who symbolizes the entire community of street merchants and independent workers. These workers are persecuted daily by state laws that prohibit their right to work in the public spaces of big cities.
CLiFF’s entire film list and descriptions are available at labourfilms.ca.