The Politics of Labor, Art and Healthcare

Chicago audiences can see three classic Kartemquin films this week, focusing on the politics of labor, art and healthcare.


This Saturday at 4pm, The Last Pullman Car (1983) will screen for FREE on the historic Pullman site in Chicago, with filmmakers Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn attending. The film's depiction of the 1981 fight of workers to keep their jobs working at Pullman has renewed relevance 30 years later, showing yet another story of American industry abandoning our workers and communities. The screening is part of the 45th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, and is hosted by South Side Projections, the Pullman State Historic Site, and the Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society. Get more information.

Also on Saturday, The Chicago Maternity Center Story (1976) will screen in West Chicago at the Legler Library as part of "OUR MIDWIVES, OUR MAMAS, OUR BABIES: The Birth in the Black Community Film Festival", which runs from 9:30am-4:40pm. The event is hosted by the IL-Chicago Members Group of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) and aims to highlight birth workers and women of color in childbirth, and as a means to bring attention and awareness to the birth outcomes and disparities prevalent in Chicago’s most underserved communities.
Sharene Miller, star of The Chicago Maternity Center Story, will attend, along with filmmaker Suzanne Davenport. FREE admission: babies and nurslings welcome! Email for more information.

On Sunday at 7pm, Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal will attend the University of Chicago Doc Films screening of Golub (1988). The documentary about painter Leon Golub still stands as one of the great films about the process of creating political art, and the opportunity to discuss it with the filmmakers present is not to be missed. The film is part of an ongoing Doc Films retrospective of Kartemquin.