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Academy Award Nominee “Minari”; and Immigrant Workers Disinfect Subways during COVID-19

During this run-up to the 93rd Academy Awards taking place Sunday, April 25th, JustLove takes a look at one of the films nominated for several Academy Awards this Year, including “Best Picture,” “Minari” (pronounced “Muh-Naa-Ree”); and a look at the situation of immigrant contract workers who were hired at the height of the pandemic to clean and disinfect subway cars for third party contractors to the Metropolitan Transit Authority under what were often difficult and hazardous conditions.

Harry Yoon is a professional film editor based in Los Angeles. During this week when we are approaching the 93rd annual Academy Awards on Sunday, April 25th, Harry Yoon shares with us a bit about the Academy Award-nominated film, Minari, which is produced by A24 and has been nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. He also talks about what it was like working on this film, which tells the story of a Korean-American family that moves from California to a farm in Arkansas in search of their own version of the “American Dream”.

Luis Feliz Leon is a journalist and organizer in New York City for the organization Labor Notes and several other publications including The American Prospect, The New Republic, and others. In today’s show, Luis Feliz Leon shares with us a bit about an article he wrote for The American Prospect back in December on the situation of immigrant contract workers who were hired at the height of the pandemic to clean and disinfect subways cars for third party contractors to the Metropolitan Transit Authority. They experienced what were often difficult and hazardous conditions, as well as other situations he is following where immigrant temporary workers lack protection on the job.

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