Category Archives: War

Viva Zapata! (1952)

113m; U.S.

Director: Elia Kazan

Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters and Anthony Quinn

Synopsis (IMDB): In 1909, Emiliano Zapata, a well-born but penniless Mexican Indian from a remote province, Morelos, comes to Mexico City to complain that their arable land has been enclosed, leaving them only in the barren hills. His expressed dissatisfaction with the response of the President Diaz puts him in danger, and when he rashly rescues a prisoner from the local militia he becomes an outlaw. Urged on by a strolling intellectual, Fernando, he supports the exiled Don Francisco Madero against Diaz, and becomes the leader of his forces in the South as Pancho Villa is in the North. Diaz flees, and Madero takes his place; but he is a puppet president, in the hands of the leader of the army, Huerta, who has him assassinated when he tries to express solidarity for the men who fought for him. Zapata and Villa return to arms, and, successful in victory, seek to find a leader for the country. Unwillingly, Zapata takes the job.


When Miners March (2006)

7 discs

Director: Ross Ballard

Synopsis: William C. Blizzard, the son of Bill Blizzard, the “general” of the Battle of Blair Mountain, with the assistance of Wess Harris, compiled his many accounts of the West Virginia Mine Wars in his book, “When Miners March.” He had written most of the book for various labor publications anonymously in the 1950s. In 2005 Ross Ballard took the book and turned it into a monumental “audio movie,” complete with sound effects and original music. Songs on the special CD are by T. Paige Dalporto, Elaine Purkey, Hazel Dickens, Mike Morningstar, John Lilly and the Irish duo of Enda Cullen and Ian Smith.




Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afganistan (2008)

65m; U.S.

Synopsis: Iraq Veterans Against the War testify about the atrocities they witnessed while deployed in the occupations of Afganistan & Iraq.


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


Secret File (2003)

85m; Italy

Director: Paolo Benvenuti

Cast: Antonio Catania, David Coco and Sergio Graziani

Synopsis (Best of Sicily Magazine): The film recounts the story of the “Massacre of Ginestra” of May 1947. This was the murder by gunfire of eleven Communists during a political march at rural Portella della Ginestra, outside the Sicilian town of Piana degli Albanesi. Not only were people killed, but nearly thirty were injured. The crime, historically blamed on the band of the charismatic bandit Salvatore Giuliano, was previously depicted in Michael Cimino’s film The Sicilian, starring Christopher Lambert and John Turturro, which portrayed the rustic renegade as a Sicilian Robin Hood. The real Giuliano was killed under mysterious circumstances and a number of alleged accomplices arrested, but officially the mass murder was never solved. Mafia complicity has always been claimed, because organised crime opposed the Communist Party while supporting the Christian Democrats, who effectively controlled Italian politics for forty years. Obviously, the case was politically charged and hotly controversial. –


The Shipbuilders

90m; U.K.

Director: John Baxter

Cast: Clive Brook, Morland Graham and Nell Ballantyne

Synopsis: Clydeside shipbuilder and a loyal riveter fight to keep Britain a seapower



Souls Without Borders – The Untold Story of The Abraham Lincoln Brigade (2006)

52m; U.S./Spain

Director: Alfonso Domingo, Anthony L. Geist

Synopsis: A wealth of archival footage illuminates this stirring tribute to the International Brigades, an assortment of volunteers who traveled from over 50 countries to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War. Particular attention is paid to the 2,800 Americans who joined in the struggle while still reeling from the Great Depression. –

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The Spanish Earth (1937)

52m; U.S./Spain

Director: Joris Ivens

Cast: Manuel Azaña, José Díaz and Dolores Ibárruri

Synopsis (IMDB): This documentary tells of the struggles during the Spanish Civil War. It deals with the war at different levels: from the political level, at the ground military level focusing on battles in Madrid and the road from Madrid to Valencia, and at the support level. With the latter, a key project was building an irrigation system for an agricultural field near Fuentedueña so that food could be grown to feed the soldiers.

Narration and writing done by John Dos Passos, Jean Renoir, and Ernest Hemingway.



Spartacus (1960)

184m; U.S.

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons

Synopsis: This sweeping epic, set in the 1st Century B.C., stars Kirk Douglas. An enslaved army deserter and gladiator, he escapes and recruits 120,000 followers who defeat several Roman legions before finally losing. Stellar cast includes Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton and Peter Ustinov. Screenplay by blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, from also black-listed Howard Fast’s novel. ‘Who is Spartacus?’ ‘I am Spartacus!’ (Rochester Labor Film Series)

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Drama, Slavery, War


Stop-Loss (2008)

113m; U.S.

Director: Kimberly Peirce

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Synopsis (IMDB): Decorated Iraq war hero Sgt. Brandon King makes a celebrated return to his small Texas hometown following his tour of duty. He tries to resume the life he left behind. Then, against Brandon’s will, the Army orders him back to duty in Iraq, which upends his world. The conflict tests everything he believes in: the bond of family, the loyalty of friendship, the limits of love and the value of honor.

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Drama, War, Working Class


Suicide Jumpers (2007)

13m; Lebanon

Director: Herbert Docena

Synopsis: Exploitation of domestic workers in Lebanon during 2006 Israeli assaults