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Hip-hop front man of The Coup, former telemarketer, labor organizer, and Occupy Oakland activist Boots Riley recently released his directorial debut, ‘Sorry to Bother You’—a dark comedy that’s light on surrealism and heavy with critique of corporate oppression. When Cassius Green (say it out loud) lands a job at a call center, he quickly learns he can advance up the corporate ladder and leave his drab life behind. But what is he selling—Human power, fire power—and at what cost? Paired with a razor-sharp article in Viewpoint by Jamie Woodcock (former undercover telemarketer and Labor History Best Book winner for ‘Working the Phones’), this session will discuss the shift towards a post-industrial service economy, exploitation and alienation, and methods of resistance for the modern worker facing the destruction of a unionized workforce.
NOTE: We will be discussing movie spoilers at this learning club session. Sorry to Bother You will be showing at most theater locations starting Friday, July 13.