FxIW - Week 4: Collectivisation Series 1

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  • 2 Episodes

There’s strength in numbers. In West Germany factory workers rebel against their bosses, while in South Carolina Black female hospital workers strike at a crucial historical moment.

punch in / out: iterations of labour is a season exploring how the world of work intersects with class, race and gender. Inspired by the profound political and personal repercussions of the pandemic, this programme uses shorts, features and archive to delve into key issues facing women in the workforce today. A range of female filmmakers from around the world offer an insight into how past inequalities shape our present-day experiences of work, but they also offer glimpses of hope. Through small rebellions, large-scale collective action or just the simple act of telling their own stories, these women demonstrate how even in the face of cold hard capitalism, resistance is always possible.


I am Somebody

I Am Somebody Madeline Anderson 1970, USA, 30 mins A stirring document of a 1969 strike in South Carolina that pit Black female hospital workers against the government at a crucial moment in the struggle for civil rights.

Eine Prämie für Irene

Eine Prämie für Irene (A Bonus For Irene) Helke Sander 1971, West Germany, 50 mins Rebellious single mother Irene, tired of being treated badly at her job in a washing machine factory, enlists her female colleagues in an impromptu uprising.