Visions of Labor:
Film and Worker Voices
Visions of Labor: Film and Worker Voices has been a multi-faceted project of the UMass Amherst Labor Center that employs the power of worker stories, told through film and video, to inspire reflection, discussion, and creative thought and action.
Visions of Labor Project activities throughout 2019 included workers developing digital stories of action and transformation, the solicitation and selection of worker-created videos covering labor issues and actions, and showings of and dialogue about labor films most working people rarely have to opportunity to see and discuss.
This website provides Visions of Labor participants and others with information about and access to films and other resources developed by and used and shown through 2019 Visions activities. The website is also designed to serve as a platform that can provide ongoing and updated information about labor films, worker stories, and resources that can be used to bring Visions-related discussions into your local worker and labor organizations.
From Labor Center Director Cedric de Leon's Visions conference introduction:
"The Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently said that so many of the world’s ills can be traced to the danger of a single story, a story that misleads us to believe only one thing about an entire people, country or culture. The power of film is that it can amplify an alternative story and broadcast it to large numbers of people. This programming offers an alternative common sense - a people’s story - about capitalist greed, about the courage of workers to speak truth to power, about the shocking indignities workers face on a daily basis, and about the enduring power of collective struggle."
If you or your organization is interested in getting involved in future Visions of Labor projects, would like information on labor films or materials noted on this site, or have any questions, please contact us.