This Month, AAPI Workers Unite Onscreen

At DL, we’re always thrilled to share the news from the Workers Unite Film Festival, co-sponsored by the DC Labor FilmFest (Washington, D.C.) and the Labor Heritage Foundation (D.C.) as part of the Global Labor FilmFest Network (GLFF) 2023 Online Screening Series. Starting on Thursday, May 25, check out a range of portraits of Asian-descent workers from the fields of Ontario, Canada, to the many essential workers in New York City. Go to WUFF’s Watch Page for much more, including links to watch at home. (Ed.)

Migrant Dreams – A group of migrant women farm workers dare to resist the systemic oppression and exploitation from their brokers, employers and Canadian government in small-town Leamington, Ontario. A powerful feature documentary by multiple award-winning director Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Hogtown, Tiger Spirit) which tells the story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured laborers. (2016, 88 min, Directed by Min Sook Lee) (Tix:

Chinese Laundry – Mong just moved to New York from China to take over the family laundry shop. Both her professional and social lives are affected when she finds out about an affair happening in the building where she works. (2022, 18 min, Directed by Giorgio Fontana)(

Long Distance – A Filipino couple in Calgary, Alberta, perseveres through a long-distance relationship redolent of the many years they spent apart in the past. Before, international borders separated them. Now, a virus. While Roderick, a Cargill meat plant worker, recovers in the hospital from a COVID-induced stroke, his wife, Norie,summons the strength to support her family. Set against the backdrop of COVID-19 outbreaks among migrant workers across Canada. (2021, 28 min, Directed by Kiana Rawji) 

You Can Too – A profile of Lowely Cheung, IBEW Local 3 Union Electrician. From “@Work”, a Public Art Project which celebrates the workers who keep NYC moving. In each doc short, workers introduce us to their world, their work, and their dreams for the future. The project also involves banners with life-size painted portraits and a permanent mural/art installation at the Electrical Industry Training Center (IBEW Local 3) in Long Island City. (2022, 13 min, Directed by Zoe Beloff and Eric Muzzy.