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A still from "Behemoth," Dir. Zhao Liang. 2015. Image courtesy of Grasshopper Film.

Here’s the chance to watch different film festivals in the same place.

Workers of the World: Immigrant Labor on Screen and ‘Prototype‘ will kick off at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District on Friday, Aug. 31.

Co-presented with the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism in association with Rooftop Films, Workers of the World will show five cinematically adventurous movies over three days. Conflict and collectivization are main themes for these pieces, some of which blend history and fiction. The schedule follows.

Matewan” (Aug. 31, 7 p.m.) begins with the Stone Mountain Coal Company announcing salary reductions in West Virginia in 1920. The miners respond by going on strike, prompting Stone Mountain to import African-American and Italian immigrant replacements. The plot thickens when an out-of-town union organizer shows up.

Mining Bisbee ’17” (Sept. 1, 3 p.m.) takes place in a small town at the Arizona/Mexico border. The directors, Robert Greene and Jarred Alterman, mix performance art, documentary and genre-bending experimentalism to explore this tale of local mining companies and a sheriff that rounded up striking workers and exiled them into the New Mexico desert in 1917.

Greene and Alterman will be on hand to discuss how they made this film.

La Commune (Paris 1871)” (Sept. 1, 4:30 p.m.) is a 345-minute epic with an intermission. With hundreds of cast members, director Peter Watkins melds present-tense urgency, reportage, Brechtian drama and stunt filmmaking to depict a radical socialist government that ruled the capital of France from March 18, 1871 until the regular French Army re-took control on May 28 in the same year.

Salt of the Earth” (Sept. 2, 2 p.m.) used actual miners and their family members as actors. Most of them were Mexican-American, and many were women. The movie follows a strike in a small New Mexican mining community called “Zinc Town.”

Behemoth” (Sept. 2, 4 p.m.) explores social upheaval in a Chinese coal mining village. The hellish landscape provides the backdrop to a difficult story.

The other festival consists of nine screenings of the movie “Prototype” with director Blake Williams in person for the first two.

A major storm kills about 10,000 in Galveston, Texas, in 1900 in this 3-D sci-fi thriller. Then, a mysterious device starts projecting images of unknown origin. The viewers then see archival material with optical manipulations and other images of one world nearing destruction as another emerges.

Here’s the schedule: Aug. 31, 5:30 p.m.; Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 1, 1 p.m.; Sept. 2, 1 p.m.; Sept. 5, 4 p.m.; Sept. 6, 4 p.m.; Sep. 8, 1:30 p.m.; Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m.; and Sept. 9, 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for all showings. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Ave.

 

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