Film screening and public discussion

25 February 2017 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Film screening and public discussion at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival

'7 Minutes' is a 'taut and convincing film' that portrays "an erosion not just of the workers’ rights, but of their dignity, their future bargaining power and, saddest of all, the precious resource that is their solidarity." (Variety)

Join us for a public discussion and screening of the film “7 Minutes” at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival on Saturday 25th February 2017. The film follows one fraught afternoon in the lives of women workers in a textile factory undergoing a corporate takeover. No layoffs are planned, but there is a special clause in the agreement that the new owner wants the Workers’ Council to sign.

Eleven women representing the whole factory have to decide whether to accept or reject the company’s condition that they each give up seven minutes of their (15 minute) daily lunch break.

This Italian language movie, which is based on real life events, is a compelling investigation into group dynamics, as well as a brisk education in the power imbalances between labour and corporate capital in a globalised world. 












7 Minutes, 11 workers facing a dilema: An all-women Workers' Council in a textile factory must decide the fate of their 300 co-workers in the midst of a corporate takeover. Do they accept or reject the new management's condition? And either way, what happens next?

Panel Discussion

TASC and the National Worker Directors' Group is pleased to host a 45 minute post-screening discussion chaired by RTÉ’s Industry and Employment Correspondent, Ingrid Miley.

The invited guests are:

  • Mr Michele Placido, the film's director
  • Ms Susie Gaynor, former Clerys department store employee

  • Mr Pat Compton, former employee board member with An Post and member of the NWDG

  • Professor James Wickham, TASC's director,

The discussion kicks off a programme of TASC research and public events examining the governance of companies and their role in society and the economy, called Everyone's Business: Employee Voice and the Modern Company.

This is sponsored by the National Worker Directors' Group, a body which is open to all employees who are directors on the boards of commercial semi state companies. 


"A passionate portrait of 11 women held to ransom, a story of rights to be fought for tooth and nail, but also a portrayal of the world of work today, which extends far beyond the confines of a factory. Because to some extent, we can all identify with the dilemma faced by these women: what are we willing to do for work?" - Cineuropa

"Committed performances and a tightly wound plot ensure that this Italian feature about union negotiations becomes an urgent contemporary piece"  - Gráinne Humphreys, ADIFF Festival Director



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