Leon Hirszman’s award-winning film offers an immersion into the sensory details of Brazilian automobile factory workers’ 1979 strike–the scope, the organized energy, the uncertainty. The gripping film captures the union’s battle with the bosses and shows the birth of the region’s Workers’ Party, as well as the emergence of its charismatic leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Even at a time when Brazil was ruled by a military dictatorship that colluded with industrial owners, success for the workers was still possible.
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There will be a post-film discussion about labor activism and the struggle for democracy in Brazil featuring João Cayres (Former General Secretary, National Confederation of Metalworkers of Brazil) and Ruy Braga (Professor of Sociology, University of São Paulo). The film will be introduced by Jana Silverman (Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Global Workers' Rights, Penn State).
The event is co-hosted by the Center for Global Workers’ Rights (CGWR), the Sustainability Institute, and WPSU.