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punch in / out: iterations of labour

punch in / out: iterations of labour is a season exploring how the world of work intersects with class, race and gender.

For many of us, the experience of the past 18 months has profoundly changed the way we feel about work. Yet the dramatic personal, political and economic consequences of the pandemic did not come out of nowhere. As these films demonstrate, the roots of our current crises run deep.

In punch in/out, we use shorts, features and archive to delve into key issues facing women in the workforce today. From a luxury hotel in Mexico City to a school canteen in Sheffield, a garment factory in Dhaka to a Manhattan gym, these films span geographies and histories but are connected by a shared fascination with the working lives of women. These filmmakers show us how a legacy of inequality shapes our present-day experiences of work, but they also offer glimpses of hope. Through small rebellions, large-scale collective action or just the simple act of telling their own stories, these women demonstrate how even in the face of cold hard capitalism, resistance is always possible.

Explore the programme below.


Organised by Femspectives and Invisible Women, in partnership with STUC Women's Committee and Glasgow Film Theatre. Supported by Film Hub Scotland.

Films in this Season

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29 September

Clock In, Clock Out (15)

Two wry and empathetic portraits of female cleaners offer new perspectives on the peculiar dynamics of shift work.

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13 October

Collectivisation (N/C 12+)

There's strength in numbers. Two short films exploring historic strikes led by women.

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22 September

Double Shift (N/C 8+)

A programme of compelling shorts exploring feminised labour and the blurred lines between work and home.

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6 October

Payslip (N/C 12+)

A pioneering activist filmmaker and present-day Bangladeshi garment workers are united by shared feminist solidarity.

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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