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The Hand That Feeds (2015)



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At a popular deli on New York's Upper East Side, customers get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sublegal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back. Risking deportation and the loss of livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming an independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one rollercoaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two month lockout. Lawyers will battle in backroom negotiations, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his compañeros won't be exploited again. (C) Official Site

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

A moving story about hope rising among the neglected and mistreated, about people banding together for a common good, and about the value of strength and perseverance.

August 21, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Unfortunately, directors Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick have squandered a worthy subject.

April 9, 2015 | Full Review…

It has a beautiful, low-key approach that earns its cheers and tears without resorting to the manipulative or dramatic tricks of a typical feature film.

April 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"The Hand That Feeds" is an effective portrayal of the intricacies of activism - and of a situation in which victories seem all too brief.

April 2, 2015 | Full Review…

López is a singularly tender, compelling, and articulate campaigner in this high-stakes struggle for justice, filmed with the urgency and suspense of a Hitchcock thriller.

March 31, 2015 | Full Review…

The Hand That Feeds is an impassioned socially themed documentary that may even succeed in swaying a few hearts and minds.

March 24, 2015 | Full Review…

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