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Blue Collar + Panel - Human Resources

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  • Wed 8 Dec
  • 114 minutes
  • Director: Paul Schrader
  • Cast: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto
  • USA (1978)


Filled with righteous anger, the directorial debut of screenwriter Paul Schrader crackles with wit and fury as it follows Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto, and Richard Pryor as three fed-up Detroit auto factory workers who conspire to rob their corrupt union. Equal parts a condemnation of the abuses of working class people and of the failures of corrupt unions to protect those they represent, Schrader uses the language of a crime thriller to peel back the class and racial divides plaguing the American workforce. Above all else, it shows the lengths systems of power will go to pit workers against each other, undermining the collective action that fights for their rights and threatens to topple the hierarchy.

This screening is part of Human Resources, a season of films exploring the depiction of work and labour on screen. The season is curated by Ryan Ninesling, an MA student in Film Studies, Programming, and Curation, in partnership with the National Film and Television School, Close-up Film Centre, and the Genesis Cinema.