In the latest episode of the ILR School podcast, “Work! Exploring the Future of Work, Labor and Employment,” Dean Alex Colvin talks with Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert about the weakening of the working class over the past 30 years, the recent upturn in union activism and the future of work.
Over the past 50 years, Reichert has produced one of the most distinguished bodies of work in American independent film, capturing stories that explore class, gender and race in America. Her 1971 debut film, “Growing Up Female,” is considered the first feature documentary of the modern women’s movement and was recently added to the National Film Registry.
Reichert went on to produce “Union Maids” (1976) and “Seeing Red”(1984), both Oscar nominees, while the landmark four-hour film, “A Lion in the House” (2006), won an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking.
Most recently, “American Factory” (2019) took won the Oscar for best feature documentary and also received the best directing award for U.S. documentary at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Her latest film, “9to5: The Story of a Movement,” had its festival premiere with the American Film Institute’s AFI DOCS in June and has been screening with festivals ever since.
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– Julie Greco