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BBFC Rating406 Days - The Debenhams Picket Line

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CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)Joe Lee
Running Time1HR 30MINS
Extra InfoRecommended PG
SeasonMain Programme

406 Days - The Debenhams Picket Line is a captivating documentary following the 1,000 Irish Debenhams workers who were made redundant through a generic email in April 2020 after Debenhams shut all 11 Irish stores.

The workforce, 95% female, had been denied an earlier agreed redundancy package. They voted to go on official strike and blocked stock being removed from the 11 stores by the liquidator. The workers remained on the picket lines, through the COVID-19 pandemic for 406 days, making this the longest industrial dispute in Irish labour history.

The telling of the very human stories of courage, determination, and friendship that lay behind the conflict are told here. This is a contemporary story about inequality and a struggle for fairness by an extraordinary group of ordinary people.

Winner of the Audience Award and ICCL Human Rights Award - Best Documentary at Dublin International Film Festival 2023 and winner of Dublin Film Critics Circle Award - Best Irish Documentary 2023.

406 Days is a heart wrenching and visceral examination of injustice. Filmmaker Joe Lee casts a skillful eye over the bloated societal cost of capitalism, and the tenacious women who dared to challenge it.”- Gemma Creagh, Film Ireland

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