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DC Labor FilmFest Comes to Georgetown!

October 5, 2009

For the first time, Georgetown will have the opportunity to host part of the DC Labor Film Fest — now in it’s ninth year — on campus, featuring two films about the challenges facing working people in the twenty-first century economy.  Join us on Thursday, Oct 15 at 8PM in the ICC Auditorium for a free screening of The Philosopher Kings, along with Director Patrick Shen and Producer Greg Bennick. Then come back the next night, Friday, October 16 at 8PM to see the widely popular Office Space along with actors Stephen Root (Milton) and Gary Cole (Lumberg).

October 15:  The Philosopher Kings

A brand-new documentary that has been grabbing viewers’ attention here and overseas, The Philosopher Kings chronicles the stories and perspectives of university janitors — workers who often feel ignored or overlooked both by their bosses and the communities they serve.  From the official website:

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In search of wisdom found in unlikely places, The Philosopher Kings takes us on a journey through the halls of the most prestigious colleges and universities in America to learn from the staff members who see it all and have been through it all: the custodians. This thought-provoking, feature-length documentary interweaves the untold stories of triumph and tragedy from the members of society who are often disregarded and ignored, and seeks out the kind of wisdom that gets you through the day and the lessons one learns from surviving hard times, lost loves, and shattered dreams.

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October 16:  Office Space

"I believe you have my stapler."

A perennial DC Labor FilmFest favorite, the outrageously funny cult classic, Office Space returns for a 10th anniversary screening with a special appearance by Milton (Stephen Root), the office worker who decides to fight back against his oppressive employer.  His boss, the infamous Lumberg (Gary Cole), will also be on hand — minus the TPS reports.  The screening will feature a raffle of Office Space related kitsch, including a precious red Swingline stapler.

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Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor is co-sponsoring these screenings along with Georgetown’s Film and Media Studies Initiative, the English Department, and the Metropolitan Washington AFL-CIO Central Labor Council.  For a PDF file of all the films being shown at the AFI Theatre and elsewhere during the festival, click here.

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  1. October 14, 2009 9:31 PM

    This is a great idea! I graduated from Georgetown in the fall, but I’m glad to see labor activism alive and well!

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