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“The Hand That Feeds” is Next Film in Movies That Matter Series

On Feb. 16 at 4:30 pm, Movies That Matter presents The Hand that Feeds, a film Peter Keough of the Boston Globe declared “A tribute to American labor…socially conscious documentary filmmaking at its best.”

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick.

Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back. Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship presents the Movies That Matter series to exam a wide range of issues. On the third Tuesday of every month there is a free screening of a film followed by a discussion. The UU Fellowship is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. For more information call 920.854.7559.

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