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The Hand That Feeds (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama, News | April 2014 (USA)
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Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma López unites his undocumented immigrant coworkers to fight abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain.
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Credited cast:
Virgilio Arán Virgilio Arán ... Self
Benjamin Dictor Benjamin Dictor ... Self
Diego Ibañez Diego Ibañez ... Self
Gonzalo Jiménez Gonzalo Jiménez ... Self
Elizabeth López Elizabeth López ... Self
Mahoma López Mahoma López ... Self
Margarito López Margarito López ... Self
Nastaran Mohit Nastaran Mohit ... Self
Diana Ortiz Diana Ortiz ... Self
Rosanna Rodriguez Rosanna Rodriguez ... Self
Felicito Tapia Felicito Tapia ... Self


At a popular bakery café, residents of New York's Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. 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 their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in court, 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 ... Written by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick

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Great Documentary!!
20 March 2015 | by dlkaferSee all my reviews

Hurrah! I got your movie today & just finished watching it. I was crying & I never cry. I wanted so much for them to win their jobs back! & to end with all the fast food places organizing for better wages too--that was genius! All I could think of was that Cesar Chavez would have been so proud of the workers fighting against impossible odds like that. I plan to show "Cesar Chavez" after The Hand at our film festival.

Thanx again for a Great documentary!

Towards an Equal & Just Society!

Diane Keefauver

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Για μια καλύτερη ζωή See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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$370,000 (estimated)
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Jubilee Films See more »
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1.78 : 1
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