9to5: The Story of a Movement

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Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Running Time:85 min.
Director:Julia Reichert
Steven Bognar
Producer:Julia Reichert
Steven Bognar
Cinematographer:Steven Bognar
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the state of California.


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From the filmmakers of the Oscar®-winning documentary American Factory (DocLands 2019), 9to5 is a rousing look at the historic intersection of the women’s movement and the labor movement in the 1970s, when secretaries all over the nation decided that they were done with making the boss’ coffee and ready to start a revolution. Celebrated documentarians Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar dig deep into a wealth of archival footage and bring this fascinating chapter of social justice into sharp focus, delivering an astute oral history of the movement directly from the women who created and fostered it. This largely forgotten moment inspired a box office smash film and a Dolly Parton-penned anthem, bringing an energy to the issues and making huge strides on worker’s rights many take for granted now. Reichert and Bognar draw clear lines from this movement of the past through the ongoing movements of low-wage workers in America, still grappling with income inequality and diminished rights still to this today.

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