BACKBONES, a local nonprofit serving people with disabilities, is hosting the ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago every Thursday from July 18th – August 22nd. The festival is dedicated to sharing the human experience of disability through art and film. ReelAbilities will screen a variety of films, workshops, panels, and other arts programming at different venues in Chicago. The 2019 theme is “Diversify Diversity” with the goal of increasing disability representation and inclusiveness in media and all aspects of our city.
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FILM: BOTTOM DOLLARS
DIRECTED BY JORDAN MELOGRANA
55 MIN | ENGLISH | USA | 2019 | DOCUMENTARY
The 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act created the revolutionary workers’ rights protection: the minimum wage. Yet as the film uncovers, Section 14(c) still provides a terrible and abusive exemption that allows employers to pay “special minimum wages”—wages less than the Federal minimum wage—“to workers who have disabilities.”
ConnectNight following the film – The event provides a space for talented job-seekers with disabilities and employers who are dedicated to workplace diversity to meet and network. Bring your business cards!
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