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The Hand That Feeds

Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick / United States / 2014 / 84 ' / Spanish - English / S.T. English

Credits

Robin Blotnick & David Meneses
Ryan Blotnick
Robin Blotnick
Sound Designer: Carlos 'Storm' Martinez
Co-Producer: Patricia Benabe

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A positive(!) and inspiring story of undocumented yet empowered migrant workers demanding labour justice in New York City.

Synopsis

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.

 

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