Friday, July 6, 2007

July FiRE Summer Screening Series!


Film Screening of Modern Heroes, Modern Slaves and Discussion
Tuesday, July 17th 7-9 pm

International Action Center (IAC)
55 West 17th Street between 5th and 6th Ave, 5th Floor
Take N, Q, R, W to 14th Street/Union Square

In light of the recent NYT article, "A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves" By JASON DePARLE, it has come to the attention of the mainstream U.S. that there is a dire need for reform in the way the Philippines views its terms of accountability to its Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs.) Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE) invites you to join this dialogue by attending our screening of Modern Heroes, Modern Slaves which touches on the poor economic conditions in the Philippines, where thousands leave and seek work as domestic workers in "developed nations." This crucial source of revenue to the country's economy has prompted the Philippine government to call these contract workers "modern day heroes." Despite the obvious exploitation experienced by these workers, the Philippine government is reluctant to pressure foreign governments for fair treatment in fear of losing revenue. With New York City accounting for one of largest populations of domestic workers on the east coast, this screening of Modern Heroes, Modern Slaves is the beginning of a much needed dialogue in our community.

The film will begin promptly at 7 pm, the discussion and Q and A will follow, and light fare will be served.

We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, August 21 @ the IAC: MALAYA LOLAS ( or Free Grandmothers)
A film about the surviving Filipina comfort women of World War II.

This event is sponsored by Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE). Please learn more about us by visiting // Email us: // Or contact Hanalei at 201.790.0995