WATSONVILLE — The 16th annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival will kick off Saturday and run through May 1. The films and discussions take place at multiple venues spanning Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Monterey counties.

The events, which include films, lectures and open discussions, showcase contemporary and classic films that speak to the challenges facing working people and portray their struggles and victories.

Open to the public by voluntary donation, festival events are designed to engage the audience in discussion with filmmakers, educators and activists.

Each season, a core group of Reel Works organizers creates a framework for the festival and invites union and community groups to adopt a date on the schedule and create a program of films, conversations, music, drama and any other appropriate elements consistent with the Reel Work theme.

The events are spread out over a host of venues including the Appleton Grill and the Cabrillo College Watsonville Center.

On April 29, several short videos will be shown about bullying and workplace harassment at the Cabrillo College Watsonville Center. They will be shown along with “Rape in the Fields,” a 54-minute film about violence against women.

For the full festival schedule, visit www.reelwork.org.

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