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Ken Loach snubs Italian film prize after workers sacked - CINEMA - FRANCE 24

British director Ken Loach on Wednesday turned down a prize from a festival organised by Italy's National Museum of Cinema in Turin in protest over the rights of cleaners and security guards at the museum.

"It is with great regret that I am obliged to turn down the prize assigned to me by the Turin film festival," the internationally acclaimed filmmaker said in a letter to organisers that was sent by his Italian distributors, BIM Film.

Loach, who is well known for his social activism and films about labour disputes, said workers hired for cleaning and security services at the museum had been mistreated, threatened and sacked after protesting over salary cuts.

"The workers who were worst paid and therefore most vulnerable lost their jobs for opposition to a reduction in pay," he said, adding: "It is unfair that the poorest pay the price for an economic crisis they are not responsible for."

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:34:24 PM EST
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