4/14 at 3:30pm
Bread and Roses is a 2000 dramatic film directed by Ken Loach, a British director known for social realist style of film, and it stars academy award-winning actor, Adrien Brody, and Mexican-born actress Elpidilla Carillo. The plot deals with the struggle of poorly paid janitorial workers in Los Angeles and their fight for better working conditions and the right to unionize. It is based on the “Justice for Janitors” campaign of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The film also includes non-professional Latino and Black actors who are working people and social movement organizers in Los Angeles.
The film is critical of social inequalities in the United States. Health insurance in particular is highlighted and so is the low pay and lack of benefits among janitorial cleaners. It’s both a love story and a social movement story! The film’s name, “Bread and Roses“, derives from the 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
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