punch in / out: iterations of labour

A 4-part programme presented in partnership with Invisible Women

punch in / out: iterations of labour is a season exploring how the world of work intersects with class, race and gender.

For many of us, the experience of the past 18 months has profoundly changed the way we feel about work. Yet the dramatic personal, political and economic consequences of the pandemic did not come out of nowhere. As these films demonstrate, the roots of our current crises run deep.

In punch in/out, we use shorts, features and archive to delve into key issues facing women in the workforce today. From a luxury hotel in Mexico City to a school canteen in Sheffield, a garment factory in Dhaka to a Manhattan gym, these films span geographies and histories but are connected by a shared fascination with the working lives of women. These filmmakers show us how a legacy of inequality shapes our present-day experiences of work, but they also offer glimpses of hope. Through small rebellions, large-scale collective action or just the simple act of telling their own stories, these women demonstrate how even in the face of cold hard capitalism, resistance is always possible. 

Special thank you to STUC Women’s Committee who consulted and shaped this programme through sharing intimate testimony on the issues their current membership is facing.

Thank you to Film Hub Scotland for supporting this project!

All films in the programme have been subtitled and captioned by AB Silvera, Emilia Beatriz, Nicole O’Reilly and Sarya Wu. 

One programme will be released each week between 22 September – 13 October and available to watch on a sliding scale basis.

Events

Programme 1: Double Shift

Care work is real work. A programme of compelling shorts exploring feminised labour and the blurred lines between work and home.

Programme Notes

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 6-7.30 pm: In-person screening at Glasgow Film Theatre – Click here to get tickets!

22-24 September 2021: Available to stream via Indy-on-Demand – Click here to get tickets!

Content warnings: References to domestic violence and drug use.


Programme 2: Clock In Clock Out

The world looks very different from the night shift. Two wry and empathetic portraits of female cleaners offer new perspectives on the peculiar dynamics of shift work.

Programme Notes

Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 5.50 – 7.20 pm: In-person screening at Glasgow Film Theatre – Click here to get tickets!

29 September – 1 October 2021: Available to stream via Indy-on-Demand – Click here to get tickets!


Programme 3: Payslip

Sometimes silence is not an option. A pioneering activist filmmaker and present-day Bangladeshi garment workers are united by shared feminist solidarity.

Programme Notes

Wednesday, 6 October 2021, 6-8 pm: In-person screening at Glasgow Film Theatre – Click here to get tickets!

6-8 October 2021: Available to stream via Indy-on-Demand – Click here to get tickets!


Programme 4: Collectivisation

There’s strength in numbers. In West Germany, factory workers rebel against their bosses, while in South Carolina Black female hospital workers strike at a crucial historical moment.

Programme Notes

Wednesday, 13 October 2021, 6-7.30 pm: In-person screening at Glasgow Film Theatre – Click here to get tickets!

13-15 October 2021: Available to stream via Indy-on-Demand – Click here to get tickets!

Content warnings: References to domestic violence.


Online Panel Discussion: punch in / out

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 6.30-7.30 pm: Online panel discussion – Free, but registration required via Eventbrite. Click here to sign up!

More info to follow soon.

Guest Speakers: TBC


Access

punch in / out: iterations of labour takes place from 22 September to 14 October 2021. The events are organised by Femspectives and Invisible Women. The programme was curated in consultation with the STUC Women’s Committee.

The programme consists of 4 in-person film screenings every Wednesday at Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose St, Glasgow G3 6RB, and an online panel discussion on Thursday, 14 October 2021. Click here to book tickets for the film screenings via Glasgow Film Theatre and click here to register for the panel discussion via Eventbrite.

All films are also available to stream on-demand. Click here to access all events via Indy on Demand.

Sliding Scale Tickets

In order to make our events more accessible to those on a low income, we use a sliding scale ticket price of £0-£8 for our film screenings. You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances – you won’t be asked for any proof / ID, we just ask for your honesty! This is available for in-person screenings as well as films on-demand.

For more information, visit our Ticket Info page.

Travel Fund

We have a small travel fund available to support transport to Glasgow Film Theatre. Get in touch at hello@femspectives.com to arrange as this fund is limited.

Subtitles + Captions

We screen all films with English captions.

Live-Captioning

The live discussion will be live-captioned.

Language / English Language Films 

There is one all-English language event in the programme: “Double Shift” – hosted at Glasgow Film Theatre on 22 September 2021 and available on-demand from 22-24 September 2021.

All other films are either English plus at least one other language with English captions

Start + End Times

Start and end times of all events are noted above.

Discussions

We are hosting a live panel discussion with guests to close out the programme. This will be hosted via Zoom Meetings. Our discussions are always participatory and everyone is welcome to contribute, but participation is optional. You can turn on your video, but you do not have to. You can share your thoughts by joining the discussion and by using the chat function, but you don’t have to participate.

The discussion are free to attend, but registration is required via Eventbrite.

The discussion event will be live-captioned.

Zoom links will only be shared with individuals or groups who sign up for discussion events via Eventbrite. Please do not share these links with others as there are limited spaces and so that we can keep the space secure and accessible.

Additional Access

Groups

Groups can enquire about tickets via our Group Ticket Enquiry form. Click here for our Group Ticket Enquiry form.

Safe Space Policy

Our Safe Space Policy applies at all our events. Please make yourself familiar with this document. If you have any concerns, get in touch with the festival organisers via email on hello@femspectives.com or in person at one of our events.

Any questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding access, please get in touch at access@femspectives.com.