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Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)

November 4, 2020 | 7:00 pm9:00 pm

Join Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax for OUR #CLiFF2020 screening!

FREE to attend, but you must register in advance here:
The Canadian Labour International Film Festival tells the stories of workers through films curated from across the globe. Every month of November, satellite screenings are offered in theatres and union halls throughout the country – and for the first time this year, online! Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax has been a proud presented of CLIFF in Halifax since 2016.

Q&A – 8:30pm

The film program will be followed by a brief Q&A with film scholar Fallen Matthews and the local Mayworks/CLIFF team. Join us for free by following the ZOOM instructions below:
Topic: Q&A: CLIFF 2020
Time: Nov 4, 2020 08:30 PM Halifax
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Meeting ID: 951 4581 0112
Passcode: N1Az7s



The Twins

7 min drama from Malaysia and Directors WKNDPRJCTS, Cru Bannon, Douglas Ho, Yuriz Joe. The film revolves around the story of Ah Ma, and her twin children Ah Boy and Ah Girl. Chinese families traditionally prefer boys over girls and often overlook the sacrifices made by their daughters. With a twist of fate, things change and forever changes the dynamics of this family.

The Hotline

5 min animation from Canada and Director Christina Taratufolo. Trapped working a dead-end job, Erika fears there is no light at the end of the tunnel, until her environment puts her mental fragility to the test.

Birth of a Union

19.5 min documentary from the United States and Director Josh Karan. This film chronicles the historic effort to organize low wage workers in North Carolina, where it is illegal for any State agency to agree to a Union contract.Despite being full time employees of the State of North Carolina, wages of many workers have been so low that they have qualified for Federal food stamps. Helping to give leadership to these workers we follow a dynamic African-American union organizer working through one of the most progressive unions in the country.

Film Trailer |, Film Teaser

Animal Calling

6 min documentary from Canada and Director Candice Dixon. This film is an intimate portrait following a recently-graduated, young veterinarian. While Dr. VanRooy quietly prepares for her day, we’re intermittently transported to her place of work as she reflects on the mental health crisis currently impacting the field of animal care.

Gathering Circle

10 min documentary from Canada and Director Tracey Strnad. A film about the Indigenous architects and collaborators behind the new Indigenous public space built in Collingwood, Canada.

Aguan-Sun Behind the Horizon

8.5 min documentary from Bangladesh and Director Novera Hasan Nikkon. In this film, Ms. Rahela Begum tells her story of breaking traditional gender roles by becoming a female rickshaw-puller to support herself and her two children.


5 min documentary from Iran and Director Zhivar farajzadeh. Serok is a boy who helps his father in the summer. Children are the most vulnerable group in society, who are exposed to the disasters, pressures and problems of life – caused by their elders.
Mesmerizing film about child labour told by a 13 year old director.


8 min documentary from Canada and Director Sahar Golshan. In Farsi, the word “kar” means work. Mohammad has worked in Canada as a pizza delivery man, a driving instructor, and a taxi driver. With the rise of ride-sharing apps like Uber, he is now unemployed. A weekend drive around Scarborough, ON with his daughter prompts reflection on cars, labour, and family. KAR received the Air Canada Short Film Award at the 2019 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2019.


November 4, 2020
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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