Film series unfolds this month

03:24 PM, Sep 06, 2013

'5 Broken Cameras' is about Palestinian Emad Burnat. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)/

Two separate film series start this weekend.

For the 24th year, the George Eastman House Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave., continues its collaboration with the Rochester Labor Council. On Fridays (and some Sundays) throughout September and October, the Dryden will screen films dealing with significant issues regarding work and workers.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, for example, the Dryden will screen La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus, a documentary about the afterlife of a decommissioned U.S. school bus that is shipped to Guatemala, where it becomes a colorful “camioneta,” which is a bus used to transport Guatemalan workers.

Other films in the series include such notables as Nothing But a Man, The Waiting Room, Taxi, Women on the 6th Floor, Burn, Black Diamonds, The Miner’s Hymns, and Kinky Boots.

For more information on the Labor Film Series, go to

The Witness Palestine Film Series, mostly at the Little Theatre, 240 East Ave., and with $8 admission, opens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, with 2012 Academy Award nominee 5 Broken Cameras. The documentary is about a Palestinian in Bil’in, a West Bank village next to Israeli settlements, who tries to film moments of his life. Discussions will follow each screening.

At 6:45 p.m. Monday is award-winning The Law in These Parts, about the gap between what is legal and not regarding the conflict. At 2 p.m. Sept. 15 is Jerusalem: The East Side Story and Follow the Money, about a movement to boycott Israeli products over the conflict. At 6:45 p.m. Sept. 16 is The People and the Olive about the importance of olive trees to the Palestinian economy. At 2 p.m. Sept. 22 is Two-Sided Story, which follows a group of Palestinians and Israelis as they try to explain their positions to each other.

At St. John Fisher College’s Basil Hall at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 23 will be Going Against the Grain, about journalist Gideon Levy. Levy will join the discussion via Skype after the screening. This screening is free.

— Staff reports