The Hand That Feeds

America ReFramed Season 4
  • Feature Film
  • 2016
  • 86 Mins

At a popular bakery cafe in Manhattan, patrons get served with a smile 24 hours a day. Behind the scenes, some of the undocumented immigrant workers earn far below the minimum wage. Filmed at the onset of the service economy wage wars, The Hand That Feeds tells the story of the power struggle that turned a single city block into a battlefield.

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Film Credits

  • Rachel Lears Director
  • Robin Blotnick Director

Critical Acclaim

“A crowd pleaser... a captivating David & Goliath story."

Anthony Kaufman, Indiewire

One could not view this film without arriving to a deeper understanding of labor organizing, immigrant workers and the lessons of a sustained movement for social justice.

Deborah Weissman, Professor of Law, University of North Carolina