The 2014 Brazilian International Labour Film Festival
Monday 26 – Thursday 29 May 2014
São Paulo State University, Marília, Brazil
CLOUDS OF POISON
Filmmaker: Beto Novaes
Brazil | 2013 | Documentary | 23 minutes
MONDAY, MAY 26 | 18.00
A cloud spreads over the plantation which will not be rain-drenched, but rather will still dry. It is not a rain cloud, it is a poison cloud. Brazil is one of the largest producers of soybeans, cotton, corn and it is also one of the biggest consumers of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. “Clouds of Poison” tries to raise awareness about the use of pesticides and their impact on the environment, especially their impact on the health of workers. A revealing documentary on how the country is growing and what kind of development we want.
EVERYDAY SUFFERING. WORDS OF SENUFO MEN AND WOMEN
Filmmaker: Marie Lorillard
France | 2012 | Documentary | 27 minutes
MONDAY, MAY 26 | 18.40
Wagnonwéli, Kiyali, Nyangalo, Bintou: Four people, four daily routines in rural Senufo environments. These daily routines release words of suffering through spoken literature. The image show how this notion subtly impregnates the life of these men and women, who for the most part are farmers. This film avoids taking a dramatic approach to the suffering of others, in order to focus in ordinary suffering that punctuates the everyday life of a society that places great emphasis on endurance.
Filmmaker: Marcley de Aquino
Brazil | 2012 |Documentary | 15 minutes
MONDAY, MAY 26 | 19.10
A poetic documentary about cattle raising on the Brazilian northeastern hinterland.
Filmmaker: Cainan Tavares
Brazil | 2013 | Fiction | 23 minutes
MONDAY, MAY 26 | 19.25
José is a poor, mysterious man, working in a sugarcane field. One day, after pass out, he discovers that the machines took his job. Homeless and with no money, he goes to the urban center and try to live collecting recyclable materials. The loneliness and lack of hope of a man who was ignored by society.
SAINT AND JESUS, METAL WORKERS
Filmmaker: Claudio Kahns, Antonio Paulo Ferraz
Brazil | 1984 | Documentary | 52 minutes
TUESDAY, MAY 27 | 16.30
The documentary is about the death of Nelson Pereira de Jesus, murdered by a lawyer from the same company in October of 1978. A year later, Santo Dias, also metal worker and union leader, is assassinated by a Military Police soldier. Both, men of action tell through interviews facts that involve strikes, arguments between workers and military police and the burial of Santos Dias – who took part in the filming as narrator till his death in October of 1979. This audiovisual work brings the emotions and the atmosphere of those moments.
THE COCA-COLA CASE
Filmmaker: Germán Gutiérrez, Carmen Garcia
Canada | 2009 | Documentary | 86 minutes
TUESDAY, MAY 27 | 17.35
Colombian union leaders are assassinated. Their colleagues are kidnapped and tortured by paramilitary forces. And the trail leads back to their employer — the legendary Coca-Cola Company. Dusting off a 200-year-old law, two American lawyers sue the company for human rights abuses — in the United States. With all the makings of a cross-border legal thriller, this is their extraordinary story.
THE COST OF A COKE
Filmmaker: Matthew J. Beard
United States of America | 2014 | Documentary | 30 minutes
TUESDAY, MAY 27 | 19.05
The Coca-Cola Company’s new nickname is “Killer Coke” all around the world. From Colombia to India, they have easily covered up their crimes; until now. The Cost of a Coke shows how Ray Rogers (The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke) is exposing them as “the drink of the death squads.”
ACCESS TO JUSTICE – IN THE GRAY ZONE OF DIPLOMACY
Filmmaker: Sandra Budesheim, Sabine Zimmer
Germany | 2013 Documentary | 59 minutes
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 | 17.00
“Access to Justice” tells the story of 3 employees in diplomatic households. Tajedur Rahman, Sara Hasniati and Maria Bina are fighting for their human rights and thereby raising an internationally relevant question: Does diplomatic immunity supersede human rights? A film about a lawless region in the middle of Germany.
FROM 9 TO 5
Filmmaker: Rodrigo Lacerda, Rita Alcaire
Portugal/Brazil | 2011 | Documentary | 52 minutes
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 | 18.05
There are hundreds of workers in Portugal to whom the protection of the law at a labour and civilian level is not recognised. This situation does not have to do with legal issues but with cultural, social and moral circumstances. Although there is a high number of clients requiring their services, their profession or business in which it is included are not considered legal. In a society of services where everything can be bought and sold, they claim their job is just another one among many. For that reason, in a similar way to what happened in other countries, they demand the end of the discrimination, the change of the law and the social power that has been denied to them. They are the sex workers and above all they claim their right to be listened to.
PRECARIOUS YOUNG TEACHERS
Filmmaker: Selma Venco, Victor Moriyama
Brazil | 2014 | Documentary | 24 minutes
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 | 19.05
The documentary results from a qualitative research which was carried out among teachers of the São Paulo State’s public education system. It aims to portray the precarious work relations and the working conditions in the contemporary education policy through testimonies of young high school teachers.
CUT BY THE BASE
Filmmaker: Renato Tapajós
Brazil | 1984 | Documentary | 24 minutes
THURSDAY, MAY 29 | 17.00
After almost twenty years of dictatorship, in 1983, workers coming from all the regions of Brazil, organize a meeting to create a Central Union of Workers to fight for better labor conditions and also democracy. Nowadays, it is the third biggest central in the world.
1st CONCLAT (WORKING CLASS NATIONAL CONFERENCE)
Filmmaker: Adrian Cooper
Brazil | 1982 | Documentary | 29 minutes
THURSDAY, MAY 29 | 17.35
This documentary shows the fist conferences that the Brazilian working class organized in 1981, during the dictatorship. Also, this visual document brings from the past the problems they had to confront. It is the testimony of how the Brazilian workers were peacefully fighting for their rights and for a democracy.
30 YEARS LATER LULA REMEMBERS THE 1st CONCLAT
Filmmaker: Adrian Cooper
Brazil | 2011 | Documentary | 42 minutes
THURSDAY, MAY 29 | 18.10
Three decades after the 1st Working Class Conference (CONCLAT), Lula watches, for the fist time, the documentary that was made of the event. His expressions, his surprise, the comments he makes and the interview offers to the viewer a new historical document as important as the images registered in that conference during 1981.
Filmmaker: Gabriela Golder
Argentina | 2013 | Experimental | 18 minutes
THURSDAY, MAY 29 | 19.05
Two girls read the Communist Manifesto with their grandmother. Girls ask for understanding. There are many concepts they don’t understand, words. A familiar scene, a conversation piece.
The BILFF / Mostra CineTrabalho is proud to announce the Official Selection of the 2014 Festival’s Edition to be held from May 26 to May 29.
The 2014 BILFF / Mostra CineTrabalho will present 14 films (shorts and features) representing 7 countries, and the Festival is honoured to exhibit 2 world premieres and 3 Brazilian premieres.
The films selected for the 2014 BILFF / Mostra CineTrabalho are:
1ST CONCLAT (WORKING CLASS NATIONAL CONFERENCE), Filmmaker: Adrian Cooper , Brazil, 1982, Documentary, 29 minutes
30 YEARS LATER LULA REMEMBERS THE 1ST CONCLAT, Filmmaker: Adrian Cooper , Brazil, 2011, Documentary, 42 minutes
ACCESS TO JUSTICE – IN THE GRAY ZONE OF DIPLOMACY, Filmmaker: Sandra Budesheim, Sabine Zimmer, Germany, 2013 Documentary, 59 minutes
CONVERSATION PIECE, Filmmaker: Gabriela Golder, Argentina, 2013, Experimental, 18 minutes
CUT BY THE BASE, Filmmaker: Renato Tapajós, Brazil, 1984, Documentary, 24 minutes
DREAMLESS, Filmmaker: Cainan Tavares, Brazil, 2013, Fiction, 23 minutes
EVERYDAY SUFFERING. WORDS OF SENUFO MEN AND WOMEN, Filmmaker: Marie Lorillard, France, 2012, Documentary, 27 minutes
FROM 9 TO 5, Filmmaker: Rodrigo Lacerda, Rita Alcaire, Portugal/Brazil, 2011, Documentary, 52 minutes
MONTE PEDRAL,Filmmaker: Marcley de Aquino, Brazil, 2012, Documentary, 15 minutes
PRECARIOUS YOUNG TEACHERS, Filmmaker: Selma Venco, Victor Moriyama , Brazil, 2014, Documentary, 24 minutes
SAINT AND JESUS, METAL WORKERS, Filmmaker: Claudio Kahns, Antonio Paulo Ferraz , Brazil, 1984, Documentary, 52 minutes
THE COCA-COLA CASE, Filmmaker: Germán Gutiérrez, Carmen Garcia, Canada, 2009, Documentary, 86 minutes
Invited films (and out-of-competition):
CLOUDS OF POISON, Filmmaker: Beto Novaes, Brazil, 2013, Documentary, 23 minutes
THE COST OF A COKE, Filmmaker: Matthew J. Beard, United States of America, 2014, Documentary, 30 minutes