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THE WIRE - SEASON 2 (2003) - Pro-union or anti-union? 7 Replies

A union organiser said to me recently that she didn't like Season 2 of The Wire because she thought it portrayed unions as corrupt.I can see her point but I liked Season 2. I liked it because it also…Continue

Started by Alex Falconer. Last reply by Ira Wechsler Sep 28, 2013.

Labor documentaries of the 21st century 1 Reply

There are numerous documentary filmmakers today who are interested in telling stories of working class struggles in the U.S. and abroad. Those of us who produce these labor documentaries and well as…Continue

Started by Joan Sekler. Last reply by Sandra Pires Sep 12, 2012.

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Comment by mike kowalski on June 26, 2012 at 13:18

Great film! Mike

Comment by Edie Strachan on June 26, 2012 at 9:18

I don't recall seeing Bread & Roses either ....
"A young Mexican woman crosses the border into LA to join her sister, who works as a janitor in some of the city's largest corporate offices. Surrounded by the machinations of big business, the sisters seek happiness on a smaller but more human scale as they try to organize a janitorial union. A chance meeting with a passionate American activist leads to a guerilla campaign against their employers. The fight threatens their livelihood, family, and risks their expulsion from the country."
YouTube: http://youtu.be/IrDpd4sCswY

Comment by Edie Strachan on June 26, 2012 at 9:14

I don't recall seeing North Country on this thread.
"What Josey Aimes wants is a decent job so she can put food on the table and take care of her kids. What she gets is threatened, insulted, ogled, fondled, belittled, attacked and called filthy names. `Take it like a man` her callous male boss says. Instead, she takes it like a human being – and fights back. The searing story of women who broke the gender barrier labouring in hazardous Minnesota iron mines...and broke legal ground with the nation`s first class-action sexual-harassment lawsuit. An emotionally explosive tale of taking on the odds to achieve what every American worker knows is right: self-respect on the job."
Youtube: http://youtu.be/jXkVQm0QPyY

Comment by Peter Ølgaard on March 4, 2012 at 17:37

Here is a great paper on Hollywood anti-union bias: Silver Screen Tarnishes Unions

Comment by Peter Ølgaard on March 4, 2012 at 17:35

Just watched a horrible film :Sometimes a Great Notion with Paul Newman and Henry Fonda as timber logger scab heroes.

Comment by Viola Wilkins on February 23, 2012 at 0:27

Salt of the Earth film review http://ning.it/yembHV

Comment by Doug Taylor on August 22, 2011 at 8:05

“The Wobblies” (1979 documentary)

From Where the blog has no name

The 1979 documentary, The Wobblies, directed by Deborah Shaffer and Stewart Bird, is now available on line at google video (1:28:39). Highly recommended.

This 1979 documentary established a new, primary-research modus for historical nonfiction—no narrator, no authorial perspective, just original documents and witnesses—but its subject matter was, and still is, its most radical characteristic. By the ’70s American culture had been made to forget that the Industrial Workers of the World had ever existed, just as in the century’s first decades the segregated union utopia was condemned, brutalized, legislated against, campaigned against, and demonized.

Today, things haven’t changed much—Deborah Shaffer and Stewart Bird’s film stands among a scant handful of books detailing the labor movement’s astonishing power and growth, its newspapers and songs and sheer membership, as well as the sickening history of suppression, murder, and criminal injustice that was brought to bear upon it. (Don’t forget Warren Beatty’s Reds, shot around the same time and with several of the same elderly survivors.) American high schoolers should have to see it to graduate, but then so much of what they’re taught would evaporate as a consequence. Released with new interviews and old anthems, and alongside nine other classic docs in the “Docurama Film Festival I.”

By Michael Aktinson (Village Voice) June 20, 2006


Comment by John Pietaro on July 31, 2011 at 3:43
This year's DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL occurs on Sat 8/13, 4PM-11PM at the Brecht Forum, NYC. The Fest opens with a screening and discussion of the long-blacklisted film "Salt of the Earth". Concert follows: Upsurge!, Radio Noir, Judy Gorman, Secret Architecture, radical poets Steve Bloom, Angelo Verga, Jackie Sheeler, many more! http://theculturalworker.blogspot.com/2011/07/who-what-and-where-of...
Comment by Doug Taylor on July 20, 2011 at 22:28

"Potiche": entertaining film features stars, strikes, class struggle

By Ed Rampell
Peoples World, March 30 2011

Review HERE



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