"Division Ave"

(May 8, 10 & 15) — "Division Ave": Tamar Glezerman and Michal Birnbaum's short film about a Latina cleaning lady's fight for justice in chasidic Brooklyn. A few days before Passover, Fernanda, a young Mexican woman, is hired by a Brooklyn cleaning agency to work in the local chasidic community. Despite a prolonged wait for her payment, Fernanda continues to faithfully show up for work each day at Nechama’s house. An unexpected connection between the two leads to a fight for justice against the cleaning agency at fault, bridging the gaps between their very different worlds. 

The story behind “Division Ave” is inspired by true events happening to this day on the corner of Division & Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. This modern day slave labor started decades ago in the early 1990s, in a different Williamsburg location. It is common practice for individuals and companies to frequent Division & Marcy early in the morning and hire a cleaning lady for the day. The women, mostly immigrants from Latin America and Eastern Europe, are often underpaid and/or sexually abused. Music by Nadav Remez. (2018, 14 min)

May 8, 7:45 pm: Screening at NYC Independent Film Festival with "Adrift in Soho" — A film by Pablo Behrens about Soho (London) in the late 1950s. The music, lifestyles, philosophies, the nightlife... and the consequences of it all. A look at the year and the place that forged the modern world as we know it today.

May 10, 1:30pm: Screening at NYC Independent Film Festival with "Adrift in Soho" — A film by Pablo Behrens about Soho (London) in the late 1950s. The music, lifestyles, philosophies, the nightlife... and the consequences of it all. A look at the year and the place that forged the modern world as we know it today.

May 10, 6:30pm: Screening at Workers Unite Film Festival with "Somewhere to Be" — An eye-opening look behind the doors of a Greenwich Village senior center. Every New Yorker over 60 is welcome to come to the Center On The Square between 9 and 5, Monday through Friday and take an Italian class, have some lunch, write a poem, paint a picture or make a friend. Using a mix of verité and interviews, this funny and moving documentary explores the human need to be with others. Veteran filmmaker Peter Odabashian's intimate camera style reveals that it’s possible to have a good life if you’re able to become part of a community, if you can find somewhere to be. (2018, 1 hr 16 min)

May 15, 4pm: Screening at Workers Unite Film Festival with “The Washing Society” — bringing us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. Collaborating together for the first time, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker observe the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and the continual, intimate labor that happens there (2018, 44 min). And "All In A Day’s Work" — Through a series of comedic vignettes, the animated film shows the daily life of two working-class queer women who work in the lower rungs of America’s premier online retailer, and how projection and prejudice makes people feel threatened by two queer bodies near each other. (2018, 10 min)

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