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The Willmar 8 (1981)

Directed by: Lee Grant
Running Time: 50 min
Starring: N/A

Website: http://www.newsreel.org/nav/title.asp?tc=CN0108

Synopsis: The Willmar 8 is Academy Award winner Lee Grant’s documentary about working women which has been featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, excerpted on 60 Minutes, and was broadcast nationally by PBS. The film tells the story of eight unassuming, apolitical women in America’s heartland–Willmar, Minnesota–who were driven by sex discrimination at work to take the most unexpected step of their lives and found themselves in the forefront of the struggle for women’s rights. Risking jobs, friends, family and the opposition of church and community, they began the longest bank strike in American history in a dramatic attempt to assert their own equality and self-worth

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in 2019 Shortlist, Documentary

 

The Uprising of ’34 (1995)

Directed by: G eorge Stoney, Judith Helfand, and Susanne Rostock
Running Time: 88 min
Starring: N/A

Website: http://www.der.org/films/uprising-of-34.html

Synopsis: The Uprising of ’34 is a startling documentary which tells the story of the General Strike of 1934, a massive but little-known strike by hundreds of thousands of Southern cotton mill workers during the Great Depression. The mill workers’ defiant stance — and the remarkable grassroots organizing that led up to it — challenged a system of mill owner control that had shaped life in cotton mill communities for decades. Sixty years after the government brutally suppressed the strike, a dark cloud still hangs over this event, spoken of only in whispers if at all.

Through the voices of those on all sides, The Uprising of ’34 paints a rare portrait of the dynamics of life in mill communities, offering a penetrating look at class, race, and power in working communities throughout America and inviting the viewer to consider how those issues affect us today. The film raises critical questions about the critical role of history in making democracy work today.

 

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Documentary

 

Stranger With A Camera (2000)

Directed by: Elizabeth Barrett
Running Time: 58 min
Starring: N/A

Website: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c579.shtml

Synopsis: In the coal-mining heart of Appalachia’s “poverty belt,” where residents have felt alternately aided and assaulted by media exposure, the 1967 murder of filmmaker Hugh O’Connor still stirs strong community feelings.

 

Senorita Extraviada (2001)

Directed by: Lourdes Portillo
Running Time: 74 min
Starring: N/A

Website: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c579.shtml

Synopsis: SENORITA EXTRAVIADA, MISSING YOUNG WOMAN tells the haunting story of the more than 350 kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juárez, Mexico. Visually poetic, yet unflinching in its gaze, this compelling investigation unravels the layers of complicity that have allowed for the brutal murders of women living along the Mexico-U.S. border. In the midst of Juárez’s international mystique and high profile job market, there exists a murky history of grossly underreported human rights abuses and violence against women. The climate of violence and impunity continues to grow, and the murders of women continue to this day. Relying on what Portillo comes to see as the most reliable of sources – the testimonies of the families of the victims –SEÑORITA EXTRAVIADA, MISSING YOUNG WOMAN documents a two-year search for the truth in the underbelly of the new global economy. An Independent Television Service (ITVS) Production.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Documentary, Immigrants/Immigration

 

Rough Side Of The Mountain (1999)

Directed by: Anne Lewis
Running Time: 57 min
Starring: N/A

Website: https://www.appalshop.org/store/appalshop-films/rough-side-of-the-mountain/

Synopsis: Over the past twenty years, manufacturing plants and mining companies have closed throughout rural America, often leaving behind communities with crumbling infrastructures, widespread unemployment, and inexperience in self-governance. Such was the case in two hard hit southwest Virginia towns – Trammel and Ivanhoe. In 1986 Trammel attracted national attention as the “privately owned” town whose 50 homes, company store, post office, and water and cable systems were put on the auction block. Rough Side of the Mountain follows the story as local residents, mostly unemployed and disabled, organized with the help of churches and foundations to purchase the auctioned homes and “save” their town. In Ivanhoe, the program profiles the efforts of the Ivanhoe Civic League as community members attempt to rebuild after the loss of two major industries, the school, and local businesses. Rough Side of the Mountain looks at grassroots community organizing and the “steel ceiling” encountered by many poor rural communities as they struggle to develop new economies in an increasingly global system.

 

 

 

 
 

Quilting Women (1976)

Directed by: Elizabeth Barrett
Running Time: 28 min
Starring: N/A

Website: https://www.appalshop.org/store/appalshop-films/quilting-women/

Synopsis: Quilting Women traces the process of traditional Appalachian quilting, from cutting out and piecing together the patterns to the quilting bee. Quilters comment on the origins of the generations-old patterns, the time and patience required, the satisfaction of accomplishment, the quilts as art, and the companionship offered by women working together over a quilting frame.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Documentary, Short

 

Prescription for Change (1986)

Directed by: Lyn Goldfarb and Tami Gold
Running Time: 30 min
Starring: N/A

Website: http://andersongoldfilms.com/films/documentaries/pfc.htm

Synopsis: traditionally female, underpaid and under-appreciated. This documentary presents a rare behind-the-scenes look at nursing. Produced over ten years ago – before prime-time’s ER and CHICAGO HOPE – this documentary has a clear feminist perspective and continues to be refreshing and relevant.

 

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Documentary, Safety & Health, Short