Reviews and Festivals
"Recommended. The documentary's strength is in telling the story of grassroots coalition-building where relatively powerless individuals join forces...A story worth telling. Union Time is a welcome addition to the canon of union-organizing documentaries."
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"This film should be required viewing for people concerned with civil rights, gender equity, immigrant rights, rebalancing power and wealth, and fairness. The workers point the way forward for a future when southern workers win against stiff odds — an urgent and also timeless story."
— Jane McAlevey, Union Organizer/Scholar/Author/Political Commentator
"Deeply observed by its director Matthew Barr, honestly told in the voices of the workers — black, white, and Hispanic — and narrated by Danny Glover, 'Union Time' should be seen by all who care about social justice. What a wonderful celebratory documentary!"
— Anne Lewis, Fimmaker/Senior Lecturer UT Austin/Elected Member of Central Texas State Employees Union Executive Board
"A powerfully told story of an inspiring fight by mostly rural black and brown workers hidden away in the southeastern corner of North Carolina...This film provides a glorious illustration of a victory with many hopeful lessons."
— Gene Bruskin, Veteran Labor Organizer/Director of Justice@Smithfield/Playwright
"The film is fantastic...Especially in making the voices and personalities of the workers the centerpiece. A model of socially committed filmmaking."
— Lance Compa, Consultant, Human Rights Watch/Author of Blood, Sweat and Fear: Worker's Rights in Meatpacking and Poultry Plants
"Remarkably closely textured anecdotes related by workers and union activists in Union Time...Allows viewers to see many real-time key episodes of the union campaign that resulted in a victory for United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1208...Utterly absorbing."
— Roger Horowits, Director, Center for the History of Business, Technology and Society, Hagley Museum and Library
"Union Time tells a story of significant historical dimensions. The victory at Tar Heel was an achievement based on a convergence of labor and civil rights activism. This film covers important ground, and tells a story that few knew about until now."
— Chuck Bolton, Professor, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Social and Economic Justice Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature
Workers Unite Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature
National Black Theatre Festival
Japanese Labor Film Festival
Reel Work Labor Film Festival
Workers Unite Film Festival
San Francisco Laborfest