Saturday, January 24, 11:20 am, Showplace

THE HAND THAT FEEDS

THE HAND THAT FEEDS

  • Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick
  • 88 minutes
  • 2014
  • USA
  • Saturday, January 24, 11:20 am, Showplace

Sponsored by CUPE (Trent); Ontario Public Service Employees Union – Local 252 Fleming College; Peterborough Community Food Network

Best of Fest, AFI Docs Festival, Washington, D.C., 2014; Audience Award, Best Feature, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, N.C., 2014; Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature, Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, Al., 2014; International Jury Prize, Human Rights Film Festival, Glasgow, 2014

“Sometimes you have to make your own justice.”

            At a popular deli on New York’s Upper East Side, customers 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.

            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 livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming an independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve.

            In one rollercoaster year they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in backroom negotiations, 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 compañeros won’t be exploited again.