Film Series: Work, Struggle, and Emancipation - "A Better LIfe"
Thursday, February 7, 2019
[2011, 98 MINUTES, PG-13]
The prints of Jacob Lawrence displayed in the new exhibition History, Labor, Life, offer compelling imagery of historical struggles for freedom as well as snapshots of everyday life for blue-collar Americans. For this new film series, we take inspiration from the artist and present four films that bring into focus the issues faced by working-class people seeking to live the American dream.
A Better Life stars Demián Bichir (Che and TV’s The Bridge), who earned an Oscar nomination for his performance, and follows the story of single father and undocumented immigrant gardener Carlos whose son is navigating high school and the perils of Los Angeles gang life. When Carlos’ work truck is stolen, the father and son try to find it together, but Carlos faces constant risk of arrest and deportation. With understated and compelling performances called “touching and startling” by The New York Times, the film tells the universal story of what a parent will sacrifice for their children and family.
Space is limited and advanced registration is recommended.
Norma Rae - January 3
A Better Life - February 7
Matewan - March 7
The Grapes of Wrath - April 4
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