The festival offers more than 30 events, including films, music, art, history, and radio. It also celebrates labor arts, culture and the struggles of working people.
Support the Girls, a comedy directed by Andrew Bujalski about work in America, will be screened on the opening night. “While it is a very specific story in many ways, I hope that anyone who’s ever worked for a living will relate,” says the director.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the film Office Space starring Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Stephen Root, Gary Cole, and John C. McGinley will be shown on May 10.
Among other films at the festival are Norma Rae, which is about a drive to unionize the workforce of a textile plant with poor conditions, and Councilwoman, a documentary that chronicles the life of Dominican hotel maid-turned-politician fighting for a living wage.
Another movie, On the Basis of Sex, is scheduled for May 6. It recounts the early years of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her rise through male-dominated law schools as she fights for gender justice.
“The D.C. LaborFest, in both our annual month-long festival and our monthly year-round programs, doesn’t just celebrate the labor movement, it’s intended to play a central role in sustaining that movement,” wrote D.C. LaborFest Co-Chair Jackie Jeter and Mark Dudzic.
Tickets can be purchased at $13 per film at AFI. You can also catch some free screenings throughout the month at other venues.
You can book your tickets here.