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Category Archives: Labor History

Unsung Hero: The Jack Jones Story

Documentary film on former Transport & General Union (UK) General Secretary Jack Jones, a man who exercised more power over government economic policy than any other trades union leader in British history.

Jones took on four of the great evils of modern times: poverty, fascism, worker exploitation and pensioner poverty – and took them on with so much conviction that at one point, the public voted him the most powerful man in Britain.

The life of Jack Jones mirrors the story of the 20th century – a man whose like we may never see again.

Roy Boulter, Hurricane Films, roy@hurricanefilms.co.uk

 

 

A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas)

The bulk is oral history of these 2 incredible stories, one is the pecan
shellers strike of 10,000 led by iconic communist leader, Emma Tenayuca. The
other is and uprising in Nacogdoches of African American women who were
totally exploited by the state university there. Most surprising, both were
victories, at least for a little while.

These stories are strongly tied to the present including:
1. the MLK day parade in San Antonio with a jet flyover from the local
airforce base.
2. a tour of Confederate statues and the plaque for education of children of
the Confederacy at the Texas Capitol
3. a Juneteenth emancipation parade in Nacogdoches which includes prisoners
from the local jail
4. the Texas Tea Party with Attorney General Dan Patrick

AND it ends with the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue at UT.
Along with quotes from Marx, Benjamin, Gramsci, and Wallers

Here’s the trailer: https://vimeo.com/233255834

Here’s the whole piece: https://vimeo.com/230770743
Password: su

In solidarity,
Anne

 
 

VERONA: The Story of the Everett Massacre

Denise Ohio
Holy Toledo Pictures, Inc.
ohio@holytoledo.com

 

YOUNG KARL MARX, THE [LE JEUNE KARL MARX; DER JUNGE KARL MARX]

Following his documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, Raoul Peck takes on the story of the formative friendship of Karl Marx (August Diehl) and Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske). From Germany to France to England, the young thinkers pursue justice for the working class, who toiled under obscenely exploitative conditions to enrich their employers (including Engels’ father, a mill owner) during the peak of the Industrial Revolution. Peck crafts an accessible biopic about these two larger-than-life thinkers, taking them down from their historicized pedestals and allowing viewers to relate to them as young strivers disrupting an inequitable status quo through the power of persuasion and organization. Official selection, 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Raoul Peck; SCR Pascal Bonitzer; PROD Nicolas Blanc, Rémi Grellety, Robert Guédiguian. Germany/France/Belgium, 2017, color, 118 min. In German, English and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Run Time: 118 Minutes
Genre: Historical drama

 

Sacco and Vanzetti (2007)

Directed by: Peter Miller
Running Time: 1 hr 34 min
Starring: N/A

Website: http://www.montereymedia.com/nogodnomaster/

Synopsis: The story of two Italian immigrant radicals who were executed in 1927 offers insights into present-day issues of civil liberties and the rights of immigrants.

 

Native Land (1942)

Directed by: Leo Hurwitz & Paul Strand
Running Time: 1hr 20 min
Starring: N/A
Website

Synopsis:In dramatizations, we see a farmer beaten for speaking up at a meeting, a union man murdered in a boarding house, two sharecroppers near Fort Smith Arkansas shot by men deputized by the local sheriff, a spy stealing the names of union members, and a dead Chicago union man eulogized.

A combination of a documentary format and staged reenactments, the film depicted the struggle of trade unions against union-busting corporations, their spies and contractors. It was based on the 1938 report of the La Follette Committee‘s investigation of the repression of labor organizing.

Famous African-American singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson participated as an off-screen narrator and vocalist.

 

In Dubious Battle (2016)

Based off the John Steinbeck novel: an activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s.

Director: James Franco