Directed by Eduardo Coutinho
Brazil, 2004. 84 minutes.
Screening at the MOMA Premiere Brazil film festival.
Metalworkers is a complex portrait of the dynamic labor movement in Brazil that helped
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva come to power. Featuring numerous interviews from the former labor leaders that spearheaded Lula’s Workers Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores), the film documents a prolonged struggle against foreign automobile giants.
Protesting during a military dictatorship during the late 1970s was fraught with risks. Some party members were fired while a select few rose to prominence. The marchers at
the 100,000 strong rallies risked everything to demand better working conditions, and their efforts left an imprint on the country that continues to influence Brazil today.
Photo courtesy of Eduardo Coutinho / Museum of Modern Art.