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The Real Rosie the Riveter Project

This archive of filmed oral histories was created by filmmakers Anne de Mare, Kirsten Kelly and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger under the guidance of the irreplaceable Dr. Michael Nash. The 48 women represented here provide a complex portrait of Rosie the Riveter, taking the viewer beyond the iconic “We Can Do It” poster girl and deep into the experiences real Rosies from diverse backgrounds, challenging the popular perception of women in American History. The filmmakers were inspired by the extraordinary women of The Real Rosie The Riveter Project to develop this material into an animated documentary project using new media technologies called The Girl With The Rivet Gun.

Directed by: Kirsten Kelly, Anne de Mare

http://dlib.nyu.edu/rosie/node/1029


 

 

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The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)

The U.S. entry into World War II created an unprecedented demand for new workers. Thousands of posters and billboards appeared calling on women to “Do the Job He Left Behind.” Rosie the Riveter was born — the symbol of working women during World War II. The story is told by the women themselves, five former “Rosies,” who movingly recall their histories working in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco during the war. Their testimony is interwoven with rare archival recruitment films, stills, posters, ads and music from the period, which contrast their experiences with the popular legend and mythology of Rosie the Riveter.

Directed by: Connie Field

 

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False Profits

This documentary film focuses on the global economic crisis, its impact on the working class and the responses by trade unions, government and big business in South Africa. Progressive and pro-worker in its critique, this film is stunning for telling such a similar story of collapse by big banks and capital, leading to massive unemployment and frustration by workers who remain angry today and are ready to consider serious alternatives to the current economic system

Directed by: Alternative Information Development Center & Workers World Media Production

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Documentary, Politics, War

 

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10 Years On: Afghanistan & Pakistan

This tightly focused documentary shows how after a decade of war, US attacks have spread the conflict across the border into Pakistan. This policy has contributed to many civilian deaths and deteriorating economic conditions. Pakistan is now a country increasingly dominated by corruption and violence, leaving workers and peasants to fight back with militant strikes and protests throughout the country. Afghans take to the streets to protest U.S occupation and the repression of women. On both sides of the border, their movements echo the same demands for economic and social justice heard from OWS here at home.

Directed by: Kathleen Foster

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2368523/

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Documentary, Politics, War

 

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Where Soldiers Come From

(Heather Courtney, 2011) A documentary that chronicles four years in the lives of childhood friends as they enter a faraway war.
http://www.wheresoldierscomefrom.com

 

Arsenal of Democracy: PBS Great Depression Series (1993)

PBS Great Depression Series, #7

Producer: WGBH, Boston

Narrator: Joe Morton

53 minutes

The seventh and final installment in the PBS Great Depression series, this film links the onset of World War II and the role of the United States as the primary producer of war materiel with the lingering struggles of the Great Depression. Blending oral history with photos from Dorothea Lange and others, archival films, and audio clips, “Arsenal of Democracy” details the persistent plight of the poor throughout the 1930s, especially for migrant workers, farmers, and the homeless who, despite the historical attention they received, often remained outside the public and political scope at that time. It also explores the social, cultural, and economic changes that the transition from peace to war wrought, such as the racism and discrimination that African Americans and Asians experienced during the 1930s and in hiring and job opportunities; the internment of Japanese Americans after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941; the use of racist imagery in wartime propaganda; greater employment opportunities for women and African Americans in wartime production; California’s incredible growth due to massive outlays of federal spending; and the end of the Great Depression.

 

 

 

The Coca Cola Case (2009)

85m; Colombia/Canada

Director: Carmen Garcia & Germán Gutiérrez

Synopsis: Colombia is the trade union murder capital of the world. Since 2002, more than 470 workers’ leaders have been brutally killed, usually by paramilitaries hired by private companies intent on crushing the unions. Among these unscrupulous corporate brands is the poster boy for American business: Coca-Cola. Talk to Martin Gil: His brother Isidro was killed at point-blank range while working at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Carepa, because he was part of a union bargaining unit. Like most violent crimes committed against Colombian union leaders, Gil’s murder went unpunished. However, U.S. lawyers Daniel Kovalik and Terry Collingsworth, as well as activist Ray Rogers, stepped in and launched an ambitious crusade against the behemoth Coca-Cola. In an incredible three-year saga, filmmakers German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia follow these heroes in a legal game of cat and mouse. From Bogota to New York, Guatemala to Atlanta, Washington to Canada, The Coca-Cola Case maintains the suspense of a hard-fought struggle. The lawyers filed several cases at the U.S. federal court against Cola-Cola for murder, abduction and torture committed in Colombia and Guatemala. Thanks to activist Ray Rogers, they also attacked the brand image of the Atlanta-based giant, with the devastating Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, causing dozens of U.S. colleges and universities to remove Coke products from campuses.

Contact: http://www.thecoca-colacase.org/

 

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Documentary, Politics, War

 

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