Assumption College to Screen Long-awaited Documentary FOOD FIGHT: Inside the Battle for Market Basket
WORCESTER, MA (January 25, 2017)— Assumption College’s MBA Program will sponsor a screening of the much-anticipated documentary about the epic battle for one of New England’s most popular supermarket chains. FOOD FIGHT: Inside the Battle for Market Basket—which documents the 2014 labor walk-out and internal family struggles that nearly shuttered the $4 billion company—will be shown on Monday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in Kennedy 112 at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester. Tom Bennett, the producer of the movie, will be in attendance to answer questions after the screening.
FOOD FIGHT is the story of the battle to save Market Basket, and about the power of ordinary, passionate people to rewrite corporate history. During the summer of 2014, a feud broke out among the Demoulas family, owners of Market Basket, as Arthur S. Demoulas and a faction of the Market Basket board fired long-time CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. A corporate “food fight” ensued that affected dozens of communities, tens of thousands of workers, and the economies of three states, and sparked a corporate drama and media firestorm that swept across the country.
“This documentary is significant for students interested in business ethics,” said Eric Drouart, director of Assumption’s MBA program. “This film illustrates the commitment of Market Basket employees to defend their company against a management takeover as a result of a family feud. Such a mobilization by employees is rare in the history of U.S. corporations.”
FOOD FIGHT, won the award for Best Content at the Boston International Film Festival; the Audience Award at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival; and the film’s director, Jay Childs, was awarded New Hampshire Filmmaker of the Year at the New Hampshire Film Festival. The film is narrated by long-time Boston newscaster Randy Price.
“We’re so pleased to bring FOOD FIGHT to the Worcester area,” says Childs, who shot almost every day of the protest throughout the summer of 2014, and followed up with dozens of interviews with Market Basket executives and associates, academics and political leaders. “It’s been great to unveil the film in places where so many people feel part of the story.”
The event is free and open to the public.
To learn more about FOOD FIGHT, visit http://www.foodfightfilm.com.
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College