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Native Land (1942)

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

 

Anti-Unionol

AFSCME, USA, 2013 (2 minutes)

DRASTICALLY REDUCES ECONOMIC EQUALITY AND THE MIDDLE CLASS.
10/10 CEOS RECOMMEND ANTI-UNIONOL TO THEIR WORKERS.
TIME-RELEASED EFFECTS ENSURE THAT THE 1% CONTINUE TO TAKE IN A GREATER SHARE OF THE NATION’S WEALTH.
FAST-ACTING FORMULA DECIMATES WAGES AND BENEFITS AND A SECURE RETIREMENT!
CERTIFIED AND APPROVED BY KOCH BROTHERS LABORATORIES.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2015 in Organizing, Short

 

Building Sustainable Unions: Africa

rt: 4:04
Also in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, & Swedish

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2015 in Documentary, Organizing

 

Local Organizing, Global Results: Indonesia

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Also in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, & Swedish

 
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Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley

Director: Jesse Freeston
Writers: Diego Briceño-Orduz (story), Jesse Freeston
me@jessefreeston.com
http://resistenciathefilm.com/

In 2009, the first coup d’etat in a generation in Central America overthrows the elected president of Honduras. A nation-wide movement, known simply as The Resistance, rises in opposition. Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley centers on the most daring wing of the movement, the farmers of the Aguan. Not satisfied with just marching and blocking highways, 2000 landless families take possession of the palm oil plantations of Miguel Facusse, the country’s largest landowner and a key player in the coup. The camera follows three farmers over four years as they build their new communities on occupied land, in the face of the regime’s violent response, while waiting for the elections The Resistance hopes will restore the national democratic project.

 

For The War To End The Walls Should Have Crumbled (Pour que la guerre s’achève, les murs devaient s’écrouler)

1980
52 min
dir. Jean- Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Looking back to the momentous events of Belgium’s general strike in 1960, the film focuses on the efforts of Edmond G. and colleagues at the Cockerill steel plant in Seraing to organise and secretly publish a workers’ newspaper between 1961 and 1969.