CLIFF Film Festival

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Saturday, November 20, 2021
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Join OPSEU/SEFPO’s free virtual CLIFF screening!

Presented by OPSEU/SEFPO’s Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel (RAA), the 13th annual Canadian Labour International Film Festival will showcase Canadian and international short films about workers and the conditions in which they live, work, fight and win!

This virtual film festival and the remarkable films within it offer a chance for all members to affirm connections and show solidarity across borders during a time when we are regaining our collective ability to gather and interact in person. See below for the list of films.

Join us after the screening for a film debrief & chat session with members of the RAA!

  • Cost:  FREE
  • Location: virtual event
  • Who can attend: all members, friends and family
  • Deadline to order free tickets: November 20, 2021
  • Order your virtual ticket for each night separately:
    • Canadian Film Night: Saturday, November 20,  8pm to 10pm, REGISTER HERE
    • International Film Night: Saturday, November 27, 8pm to 10pm, REGISTER HERE

To join the Zoom debrief & chat session after each Film Night at 10pm, click the Zoom link here:

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Canadian Film Night – November 20, 2021

4 Films:

Justice & Dignity for All – Stories From the Struggle for Pay Equity

For decades the sisters and brothers who delivered the mail in rural and suburban Canada were forced to work without any benefits, just like gig-workers today. No sick leave; no maternity leave; no holiday pay. They made less than minimum wage. The vast majority of them were women.

Longa Distancia

An immigrant housekeeper works to provide for her son back home in Portugal. When she is accused of stealing from a client, she fears that what she has been working towards will all come crashing down.

One Million Trees

Every spring, thousands of Canadians leave the comfort of their homes to live rough in remote bush camps planting hundreds of millions of trees collectively. This is their journey.

Treaty Walk – A Journey for Common Ground

The film follows a group of Indigenous elders, Healthcare Workers, and others as they embark on a two week long walking journey from Edmonton, Alberta/Treaty 6 Territory to Calgary, Alberta/Treaty 7 Territory to explore together what it means to be treaty people, working and living on common ground.

International Film Night – November 27, 2021

6 Films:

Dare to Struggle Dare to Win – The life and politics of Jack Mundey

In the 1970’s Jack Mundey led the Builders Labourers Federation (BLF) in Sydney, Australia. A combination of strikes, direct action and negotiation the Green Ban movement had many wins saving urban bushland, low cost housing and heritage buildings from the corrupt plans of greedy developers.

I Stand For Us

A social realist drama. When hotel cleaners are faced with unfair working conditions, Naomi works to unite the team in solidarity against destructive zero hour contracts.

Migranta con M de mama

Three migrant women in Canada under the Agricultural Worker Program open their hearts to let us delve into the complex world of maternity from afar. Being women and originating from rural communities, they put at risk their emotional stability and their children’s.


“CHAKKI” (‘MIXI’ in English/ ‘MIXEUR’ in French) is an UNRELEASED film entirely made using “SEEDS”. Real PULSES & GRAMS & SPROUTS were used in motion to create scenarios as a metaphorical representation of GROWTH & FUTURE of a nation and shows the “DARK REALITY” behind your favourite DISH.


Salvage questions the allure of old objects by reimagining obsolete tools as reliquaries haunted by the souls of disgruntled workers who resent their new jobs. This hybrid intersectional documentary uses magic realism to critique the inequities of gender, ethnicity, and class that underpin consumer capitalism.

Street Traders On the Move

On March 27th 2020, street vendors and market traders in South Africa were banned from operating under the country’s first COVID-19 lockdown. While restrictions were lifted, traders have struggled to resume work that was precarious long before the lockdown.


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