By Kate Saccone, on July 2nd, 2014

Center for Social Media and Impact: Social-Issue Docs Shine at AFI Docs

“[These films] brought viewers through an experience where something was at stake, and in which viewers came to empathize with people they might never have even thought much about before….The Hand That Feeds…is that very rare bird, a journey through the lived process of labor organizing…You will never look at your deli server the same way again.”

By Kate Saccone, on July 2nd, 2014

The Hand That Feeds at Traverse City Film Festival

We are thrilled to announce our Midwestern premiere at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, Aug 1 and 2! TheHandThatFeeds_TC-e-flyer

By admin, on June 25th, 2014

The Washington Post: AFI wrap up by Ann Hornaday

“The Hand That Feeds” presented an inspiring story of indomitable fast-food workers in New York who successfully organize for better wages and working conditions.

By admin, on June 20th, 2014

Review for AFI DOCS by the DCist

a deeply humanizing look at the low-wage workers in the back of the house—the ones we rarely see as customers… By the end, it’s hard not to feel humbled by their perseverance and invested in their fight.

By admin, on June 20th, 2014

Review for AFI DOCS in the Washington City Paper

A tremendous film…a deeply felt, unapologetically pro-worker film that will hold you in suspense through its final minutes.

By admin, on June 14th, 2014

Washingtonian Magazine: “AFI Docs Review: The Hand That Feeds”

Mahoma López, the protagonist in The Hand that Feeds, makes sandwiches on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. English is his second language. He’s soft-spoken and spends much of the time looking down at the ingredients he assembles. He’s someone customers can easily ignore. You may realize, with some discomfort, that he’s someone you could easily ignore. This is what makes López’s evolution into an impassioned, determined advocate for the rights of undocumented workers all the more poignant.

AFI Docs Review: “The Hand That Feeds”

By admin, on June 14th, 2014

Filmmaker interviews (including ours) on AFI tumblr

The American Film Institute

By admin, on June 14th, 2014

Waging Nonviolence on Laundry Workers Center’s latest campaign.

The Laundry Workers Center strikes again

By admin, on June 6th, 2014

New Poster for AFI DOCS

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By admin, on June 5th, 2014

SCREENING: DC AREA PREMIERE AT AFI DOCS

The Hand That Feeds second-ever festival screening happens this month at AFI DOCS Documentary Festival. Formerly known as Silverdocs, this respected festival connects filmmakers to policy-makers and national thought-leaders.

June 20, 2014 4:45 PM
AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD)

June 21, 2014 3:45 PM
Goethe-Institut Theatre (812 7th St NW, Washington, DC)

Tickets available below:

AFIDOCS

By admin, on May 21st, 2014

Jubilee Films News 5.21.2014

The Hand That Feeds at AFI Docs – Gods and Kings at Ethnocineca

By admin, on April 22nd, 2014

La Conexion USA: La Mano Que Alimenta

“Como cineastas tenemos la misión de reflejar, hablar y dar a conocer este tipo de movimientos en el medio de la inequidad económica”, anotó Lears. “Los trabajadores deben enterarse sobre sus derechos y unirse con sus compañeros y organizaciones”, aportó.

“La Mano que Alimenta”

By admin, on April 14th, 2014

Students of the World: Full Frame film reviews

I found this film to be incredibly engaging and a beautiful portrayal of the struggles that some go through for something that most viewers take for granted.

By admin, on April 9th, 2014

Anthony Kaufman for Indiewire

Another world premiere crowd-pleaser marked by emotional highs and lows, “The Hand That Feeds”… a well-plotted and captivating David & Goliath story, filled with plenty of narrative twists and turns and ups and downs, which will go down easy with viewers. The film received a standing ovation, which doubled in fervor when the film’s central protagonist, a soft-spoken immigrant named Mahoma López, was invited to speak after the screening. “The Hand that Feeds” deservingly won the festival’s Audience Award.

By admin, on April 6th, 2014

The Herald-Sun: ‘Evolution of a Criminal’ among nine award winners at Full Frame

The Audience Award for best feature went to Rachel Lears’ and Robin Blotnick’s “The Hand That Feeds,” about New York City restaurant workers who unionize for better wages and working conditions. In accepting the award, Blotnick said the Full Frame audience had shown that North Carolina is willing to have a conversation about this issue. “I hope the rest of the country will follow,” Blotnick said.