The Hand That Feeds

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Film phase: Completed


Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma López and his undocumented immigrant coworkers sets out to end abusive conditions at a New York restaurant chain owned by powerful investors. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars.



About the Directors

The Hand That Feeds is co-directed by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick.

THTF_rachel_headshotRachel Lears’ award-winning first feature documentary Birds of Passage (2010) was supported by Fulbright and the National Film Institute of Uruguay, had two community screening tours of Uruguay sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture, and was broadcast nationally throughout Latin America. Her ongoing video art collaborations with artist Saya Woolfalk have screened at numerous galleries and museums worldwide since 2008. Rachel was a 2013 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow, and also holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from NYU.



THTF_robin_headshotRobin Blotnick’s first documentary, Chocolate Country (2006), received a Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival, was a winner in LinkTV’s ViewChange competition, and is used as a teaching tool by educators and Fair Trade advocates around the world. His feature documentary debut, Gods and Kings (2012), about masks, magic, and media in the highlands of Guatemala, recently won the Intangible Culture Prize at the RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Films (Scotland, 2013) and will be the opening night film at Ethnocineca (Vienna, 2014). Robin is also a 2013 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow.