Tag Archives: Music

The Internationale (2000)

30m; U.S.

Director: Peter Miller

Cast: Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg

Synopsis: Idealism, socialism, and the power of music in people’s lives.



The Proud Valley (1940)

76m; U.S.

Director: Pen Tennyson

Cast: Paul RobesonEdward Chapman and Simon Lack

Synopsis: Paul Robeson stars as a black miner in Wales. Filmed on location in the South Wales coalfield the heart of the main coal mining region of Wales, Proud Valley documents the hard realities of Welsh coal miners’ lives. Robeson’s part is based on the real-life adventures of a Black miner from West Virginia who drifts to Wales by way of England, searching for work. Robeson sings “Deep River” at a Welch music festival.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Drama, Working Class


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The Union Song (2010)

3m; Canada

Director: Daniel Fewings

Synopsis: A short video containing a bluegrass song about how all members of the education community work together to keep the public school system strong.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Documentary, Education



The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time (1982)

78m; U.S.

Director: Jim Brown

Synopsis: Documentary about the blacklisted folk group, “The Weavers,” and the events leading up to their triumphant return to Carnegie Hall.



Trouble the Water (2008)

90m; U.S.

Director: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin

Synopsis: A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning in post-Katrina New Orleans.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Blacks, Documentary



Up the Ridge (2007)

55m; U.S.

Director: Nick Szuberla and Amelia Kirby

Synopsis: In 1999 Szuberla and Kirby were volunteer DJ’s for the Appalachian region’s only hip-hop radio program in Whitesburg, KY when they received hundreds of letters from inmates transferred into nearby Wallens Ridge, the region’s newest prison built to prop up the shrinking coal economy. The letters described human rights violations and racial tension between staff and inmates. Filming began that year and, though the lens of Wallens Ridge State Prison, the program offers viewers an in-depth look at the United States prison industry and the social impact of moving hundreds of thousands of inner-city minority offenders to distant rural outposts. The film explores competing political agendas that align government policy with human rights violations, and political expediencies that bring communities into racial and cultural conflict with tragic consequences. Connections exist, in both practice and ideology, between human rights violations in Abu Ghraib and physical and sexual abuse recorded in American prisons.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Documentary, Legal System



Yellow Earth (1985)

89m; China

Director: Kaige Chen

Cast: Xueqi Wang, Bai Xue and Quiang Liu

Synopsis (IMDB): Yellow earth focuses on the story of a Communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns that the happy songs he was sent to collect do not exist; the songs he finds are about hardship and suffering. He returns to the Army, but promises to come back for the young girl, Cuiqiao, who has been spellbound by his talk of the freedom women have under Communist rule and who wants to join the Communist Army.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Communism/Socialism, Drama