Women, Organise!

Women, Organise! focuses on a variety of representations of women’s activism and involvement in trade unionism. From documentary films that cover particular campaigns, fiction films that offer reflections on women’s experiences in the workplace, to those rare examples of Hollywood films that offer a sympathetic view of organised labour, the season seeks to raise questions about women’s role in the workplace, how they have struggled to organise themselves and the ways in which their experiences have been shown on screen.

Scroll below for what’s coming up or click here for a downloadable copy of our programme zine.

This season is curated by Andy Willis, Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME and Professor of Film Studies, School of Arts and Media at University of Salford.

This season is supported by the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) Education Trust, to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the GFTU.

Previously in this season

Bread and Roses

Ken Loach's together with regular collaborators writer Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien, venture to the US to make a film inspired by the ‘justice…

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D.N.W Short Films

A series of guerrilla artworks created to mark 100 years since the Representation of the Peoples Act was passed screened as short films alongide our…

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Norma Rae

This Oscar-nominated drama follows a young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.

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Double Bill/ I Am Somebody & Red Skirts on Clydeside

A double bill of documentaries represent the vital role women have played in working class struggle and resistance.

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Play for Today/Leeds – United!

Based on real events that took place in 1970 and originally broadcast in 1974, this BBC television drama focuses on the collective action of female…

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A Feeling Greater than Love

Mary Jirmanus Saba’s first feature-length film is a poignant enquiry into the political activism of factory workers, especially women, in Lebanon before the outbreak of…

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D.N.W. Chapter 2 International Women’s Day

Today we are thinking of the women and girls who inspire us to take action and make changes in our lives. We made this film…

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The Nightcleaners

This feature-length, self-reflexive documentary explores the struggle to unionise the women workers who clean office blocks at night and who, as well as being unpaid,…

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North Country + Introduction

The 17:50 screening of North Country will be introduced by Sarah Woolley, Organising Regional Secretary for the Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union (BFAWU).

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The Pajama Game

This joyus Doris Day vehicle is a big budget adaptation of a runaway Broadway success. A typical romantic story set against the backdrop of a…

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Bu Ji-young’s topical drama explores the plight of Korea’s temporary workers.  When a shy and devoted mother is laid-off at work, she somehow finds the…

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North Country

The fictional account of America's first successful sexual harassment case is based on the experiences of Lois Jenson, who worked at the EVTAC mine in…

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D.N.W Chapter 3 Rise Up!

The spirit of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is released by a mysterious admirer of her work. Unleashed into the 21st Century Emily calls the women…

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