Tuesday brings the first of the final two screenings in this year’s Korean Cultural Service film series. The final two films are music related.
First up is the North American Premiere of The Dream Factory which KCS describes as follows:
One part Occupy Wall Street outrage, one part rock film, this documentary focuses on the labor battles between Cort Guitars, one of the largest guitar manufacturers in the world, and their workers. Contrasting the down-to-earth, blue collar workers who make the guitars and the upper class rockers who play them, this flick follows the protest movement that grew among Cort workers after they tried to unionize in 2007. Management’s response was to shut down the plant where they worked. One worker set himself on fire to protest, while the others started a hunger strike. Groups of workers went around the world asking the musicians who play the guitars they made to support their cause and everyone from Rage Against the Machine to Gene Simmons (who comes across REALLY poorly) get involved. Truly moving, and capturing on film some of the violent tactics Cort’s owners employed to break up the strike, it’s a documentary that speaks loudly in these restless times to the value of working with your hands to make a better life for your kids.
If I can manage to get out of a doctor’s appointment fast enough I’ll be heading into the city to catch the film.
As always the film screens at 7Pm at the Tribeca Cinemas with the doors opening at 630.