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A Labor Day Screening Event

September 1, 2014, 3PM - 9PM
Press Street's Miniplex
3718 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

3PM Union Maids (51 min)
4:00PM Maquilapolis: City of Factories (2006, 60 min)
5:30PM Open Screen, New Orleans
7PM American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (82 min)


Labor Day is a chance to reflect on the spirit of America's workforce and acknowledge the importance that each worker has to the well being of this nation. For that reason, the second annual Labor Day screening program is titled Heroes. From revolutionaries like Grace Lee Boggs to immigrant workers like Carmen and Lourdes, the program presents three documentaries that portray a diverse array of working heroes and invites the public to screen their own Labor Day heroes for the fifth installment of Open Screen, New Orleans.

The program will begin at 3PM with Union Maids (1976, 51 min), the oral histories of three women activists in Chicago’s labor movement, and continue with Maquilapolis: City of Factories (2006, 60 min), a lyrical documentary about two women’s struggle to take on Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer. Open Screen, New Orleans will begin at 5:30PM. The public is invited to bring original material 10-minutes or less, first come first screened. Heroes concludes with American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013, 82 min), an award winning film chronicling the life of Grace Lee-Boggs, a Chinese American activist with a 75-year history in social movements working in Detroit.

Heroes is presented by Press Street’s Antenna Gallery, Blake Bertuccelli and Cinema Reset. Curated by Amanda Hass. Visit for more information and program updates, or email

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Union Maids (1976, 51 min)
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary, Oscars in 1978, Winner "Critic's Award" for Best Short, French Syndicate of Cinema Critics in 1978

A personal look at working-class history, Union Maids bring together three women labor organizers active in the Chicago worker's movements in the early 1930s: Kate Hyndman (Croatia), Stella Nowicki (Michigan), and Sylvia Woods (New Orleans). 

Maquilapolis: City of Factories (2006, 60 min)
Just over the border in Mexico is an area peppered with maquiladoras: massive factories often owned by the world's largest multinational corporations. Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras in Tijuana, where each day they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos. In this lyrical documentary, the women reach beyond the daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on both the Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer. A co-production of the Independent Television Service (ITVS). [Synopsis provided by P.O.V.,]

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013, 82 min)
Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.

This new documentary offers the gained wisdom of Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American activist in Detroit with a 75-year history in social movements, by detailing her history, emphasizing how she creates new ideas of revolution and inspiring a new generation to affect change.

Open Screen, New Orleans
Open Screens invite filmmakers of all kinds to screen and get feedback on their material. For our Open Screen, we ask that works are no longer than 10-minutes. Before each screening, the work's creator can address the audience with a short introduction. Audiences can then discuss the work after each screening. We encourage audiences to keep their discussion respectful, and we ask that filmmakers hold their response to audience feedback until after the Open Screen program is complete.