Get ready for "Momentive: The Movie."
The 1,700 Momentive chemical plant workers who staged a three-month strike during the winter are now the subject of a mini-documentary — one of a series dedicated to post-election America.
Launched not long after Donald Trump won the general election on Nov. 8, “Our 100 Days” was the brainchild of two documentarians who wanted to explore the national landscape during a time of abrupt political change.
Stanley Nelson, a MacArthur Fellow whose celebrated documentaries include “Freedom Riders” and “The Murder of Emmett Till,” teamed up with Laura Poitras, who won the Oscar for best documentary feature in 2015 for “Citizenfour,” about Edward Snowden.
Together, they created “Our 100 Days,” a series of short films that explore a variety of communities in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election.
Posted online at Field of Vision, the stories range from the Momentive strike in upstate New York to a rural town in Virginia, where a trans high school student sued his local school board when he was denied the right to use the boy’s bathroom — setting off a national debate on trans rights.
The mini-doc on the Momentive strike is titled “The Picket Line.”
It delves into the history of the union workers at the chemical plant who went on strike after the company tried to roll back health care and pension benefits — as it had in the three prior contracts with the union.
The Momentive workers walked off the job Nov. 2 — and many voted for then-presidential candidate Trump on Nov. 8.
Not long after Trump won the election, he appointed as his “Jobs Czar” a private equity billionaire whose firm had held a 7% stake in the Momentive plant while it was cutting employee benefits.
Director Cecilia Aldarondo profiled the striking workers In “The Picket Line” and used the film to explore “how the multi-decade assault on unions is coming to a head” under the Trump administration.
The films that make up “Our 100 Days” can all be seen online.
Poitras, Nelson and the individual directors are also hosting Twitter chats every Thursday at 1 p.m. to try and engage the public in conversations about the issues in the films.
Aside from Aldarondo’s “The Picket Line,” the films are:
“An Act of Worship,” directed by Sofian Khan and Nausheen Dadabhoy, follows the immediate response by the Council for American Islamic Relations — a Muslim-American advocacy group — and its allies when President Trump, a week after taking office, announced a travel ban that would restrict the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“An Uncertain Future,” by directors Chelsea Hernandez and Iliana Sosa, explores the immigration issue through the intimate lens of motherhood, as two pregnant mothers in Texas face the uncertainty of their child's future while President Trump calls for immigration enforcement among undocumented immigrants.
“Gavin Grimm,” by Nadia Hallgren, is an intimate look Gavin’s life after the trans high school student from rural Virginia sued his local school board when denied the right to use the boy's restroom.
“State of Oregon” from director Adele Pham examines the history of racially motivated violence in the liberal bastion of Portland, Oregon, just as the Trump administration redirects counterterrorism attention away from these incidents. It tells the story of Larnell Bruce Jr. , 19, who was fatally run down by felon and white supremacist Russell Courtier right after the general election.
“Truth to Power,” directed by Lorena Manriquez and Marlene McCurtis, investigates how a unique coalition of black civil rights activists and Latino immigrants are combating an emboldened anti-immigration movement in Mississippi.
“Steve Bannon,” from directors Farihah Zaman and Jeff Reichert, turns the lens onto the documentary work of chief White House strategist Bannon, who made nine films himself from 2004 to 2016.
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