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  • Summary: The 2008 Presidential Campaign was an extraordinary moment in U.S. history—not only because of the race and gender of the candidates, but also because of the passions they inspired.
    Millions of Americans and hundreds of organizations became actively engaged in the democratic process of
    The 2008 Presidential Campaign was an extraordinary moment in U.S. history—not only because of the race and gender of the candidates, but also because of the passions they inspired.
    Millions of Americans and hundreds of organizations became actively engaged in the democratic process of choosing the next president. Labor Day, a new feature documentary directed by two-time Oscar Nominee, Glenn Silber, tells the inspiring, largely unknown story of one of them, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s fastest-growing labor union with more than two million members. Labor Day is a chronicle of this union’s mobilization to ensure a Democratic victory in 2008. For Labor, the Presidential campaign was mission critical. After eight years of Republican policies, the SEIU felt an incredible sense of urgency to change the direction of the economy and the country. [River Lights Pictures]
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  1. Heartening, and yet, a year after being filmed, unintentionally aggravating.
  2. Reviewed by: Patrick Friel
    30
    There are fascinating moments... but these are overshadowed by an endless stream of sound bites and pep talks to volunteers.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    30
    For every engrossing rank-and-file story, there are endless self-congratulatory explanations and podium highlights.
  4. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    20
    A well-intentioned but dull, video-ugly documentary if it weren't partly financed by its subject, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); that just makes it a crappy infomercial.
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    20
    Even when it’s shooting in the swing states, the film never finds drama, focus or any greater purpose other than some dubious horn-blowing about the SEIU being singularly responsible for electing President Obama.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    10
    The result is, more than anything else, a slickly produced 76-minute commercial for the union; to call it a documentary is to stretch the term almost beyond meaning.
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