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All reviews express the viewpoint of their authors and not necessarily the positions of the Peace and Freedom Party.


The Wobblies

Five StarsThe Wobblies (1979)
One Big Movie! This documentary follows the International Workers of the World (IWW) through their organizing, strikes and mass arrests. This is well worth hunting down and watching with others.

Movie review excerpted from Front Row Activist by Laura Loper and Bob Maschi, a Peace and Freedom Party registrant.

 

One of the Hollywood Ten

Three StarsOne of the Hollywood Ten (2000, Jeff Goldblum, Angela Molina)
An average movie about blacklisted Herbert J. Biberman who directed 1954's Salt of the Earth. Shows a lot of 'the making of' Salt and is an excellent companion film to that movie.

Movie review excerpted from Front Row Activist by Laura Loper and Bob Maschi, a Peace and Freedom Party registrant.

 

Salt of the Earth

Five StarsSalt of the Earth (1954, Rosaura Revueltas, Juan Chacon)
Written, directed and produced by victims of the Hollywood blacklist this is one of the most powerful labor movies ever made - and much more. It also tackles feminism, racism and classism. It was actually banned by the US government for fear that it would lead to a wave of ordinary Americans asking for equal rights and basic decency.

Movie review excerpted from Front Row Activist by Laura Loper and Bob Maschi, a Peace and Freedom Party registrant.

 

10,000 Black Men Named George

Five Stars10,000 Black Men Named George (2002, Andre Braugher, Mario Van Peebles)
Pullman's black porters (all nicknamed George) unionize in the 1920's. They face the standard obstacles for organizing workers along with the prevalent racism of the day.

Movie review excerpted from Front Row Activist by Laura Loper and Bob Maschi, a Peace and Freedom Party registrant.

 

Norma Rae

Four StarsNorma Rae (1979, Sally Field, Ron Leibman)
Textile worker (Sally Fields) helps unionize her plant. The quality seems a little dated now, but it's a still a rousing good time! Memorable quote: "It's gonna take you and the police department and the fire department and the National Guard to get me outta here!"

Movie review excerpted from Front Row Activist by Laura Loper and Bob Maschi, a Peace and Freedom Party registrant.

 

Matewan

Five StarsMatewan (1987, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn)
One of the best pro-labor movies out there. This is about miners struggling to form a union in 1920's West Virginia. Many historical references (such as the 'company store') that only true lefties will know about. Lots of action and intense drama. Memorable quote: "I wouldn't pee on him if his heart was on fire."

Movie review excerpted from Front Row Activist by Laura Loper and Bob Maschi, a Peace and Freedom Party registrant.

 

Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey

Four StarsSemper Fi: One Marine's Journey (2007, Jeff Key)
A gay marine who fought in Iraq tells his story. Jeff Key plays himself in basically a one-man show. It probably took more courage for him to do this than to enlist in the first place.

Movie review excerpted from Front Row Activist by Laura Loper and Bob Maschi, a Peace and Freedom Party registrant.

 
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