Center for Labor Education & Research
University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu

91-1001 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, HI 96707

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Many of the videos in this collection contain information with respect to national or local labor laws that may no longer be entirely accurate. We have indicated the production or release dates next to the titles and we hereby caution borrowers to take these dates into consideration as they view the materials. CLEAR is in no way responsible for any inaccuracies contained in any dated video or film materials in this collection.


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  U.S. Labor History     Safety & Health     Organizing  
  Women's Movement     Leadership Training     Strikes  
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Borrowing Policy:

The films and audio-visual materials listed in this catalog are available for educational, non-commercial use by any interested group in the State of Hawai'i, without charge to public educational institutions or non-profit organizations. All of the titles listed are the property of the Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR), University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu.

This catalog is being circulated in order to increase the general use of these films and materials to improve the general understanding of labor-related programs and problems.

Use of the materials listed in the catalog is subject to the following conditions and procedures:

1. Write or phone the Center for Labor Education and Research at 96-043 Ala 'Ike, Pearl City, Hawai'i 96782; telephone 454-4774, FAX 454-4776.

Identify the film or AV material you desire by the title as listed in the catalog.

2. Make the request at least two weeks before the date your organization wishes to use the material, and indicate the date the film will be used and the date you intend to pick it up.

3. Pick up the materials to be used on O'ahu no earlier than two days, nor later than one day before they are to be used.

If the materials are for use on neighbor islands, they will be mailed and a charge will be assessed to cover postage and insurance.

4. O'ahu users must return the materials within two days after use; neighbor island users should return the materials to insure the receipt by the Center within five days after its scheduled use.

5. All films, filmstrips and tapes must be rewound onto their original reels and in their original canisters. The user organization will be responsible for all borrowed materials and agrees to reimburse the University of Hawai'i for repairs or replacement of any damaged or lost materials.

No admission charge to any meeting at which the film is shown is permissible. VIDEO TAPES All video tapes described below are in half inch, VHS format. Borrowers must take care that the tapes are stored upright and in cool areas and played on machines that have been properly maintained and cleaned to prevent damage and distortion.

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1946: THE GREAT HAWAII SUGAR STRIKE - Rice & Roses (1996, 60 min.)
About twenty six thousand sugar workers and their families, 76 thousand people in all, began a 79-day strike on September 1, 1946 that completely shut down 33 of Hawai'i's 34 plantations. The 1946 sugar strike brought an end to Hawai'i's paternalistic labor relations ushering in a new era of participatory democracy both on the plantations and throughout Hawai'i's political and social institutions. This special hour-long Rice & Roses documentary produced for the 50th anniversary of the strike, includes interviews with surviving strikers and their relatives and friends from all the islands who organized the food-kitchens and support committees and an array of never-before-seen photos and artifacts from a two-year research project conducted by the Center for Labor Education and Research.

In less than three years during the early 1900s, more than 7,000 Koreans left their strife-torn home for new lives on the sugar plantations of Hawai'i. Yet ARIRANG: THE KOREAN AMERICAN JOURNEY is more than just another tale of a people immigrating to America and finding success. It reveals the little known story of how a country, obliterated from the world's consciousness, was kept alive and eventually restored by the determination, sacrifices and patriotism of her people overseas. The Japanese army's defeat of China in the 1890s, fought mostly on Korean soil, was the beginning of an increasingly brutal occupation that attempted to destroy not only the Korean nation but the Korean language and culture as well. The increasing turbulence in Korea opened the door for Hawai'i's sugar planters to begin recruiting Korean workers for their plantations. After some initial reluctance, the influence of Christian ministers and the lure of a Western education for their children convinced 102 pioneers to sail eastward to Hawai'i and later, to states across the United States mainland. In each community, they found success through their hard work and zest for education. [A film by Tom Coffman. CLEAR source: PBS website]

BIG JIM McLAIN (1952, black and white, 90 min., Warner Home Video DVD & VHS)
John Wayne, all 6’4” of him, is federal agent Big Jim McLain, one of the fiercest storms to ever hit Waikiki beach. Sent to Hawaii to ferret out the headquarters of a worldwide network of terrorists, McLain lets his fists hammer home his words. The film’s documentary-styled story moves swiftly, with good-natured humor peppered throughout. The pre-statehood Hawaii locales range from elite resorts to a Shinto temple and from the sunken remains of the battleship Arizona to a leper colony on the island of Molokai. Costarring Nancy Olson, Veda Ann Borg, and James Arness (of Gunsmoke fame). Produced by Robert Fellows and directed by Edward Ludwig. Screenplay by James Edward Grant, the film is a Wayne-Fellows production. Summary is courtesy of Warner Home Video.

BROTHERS UNDER THE SKIN - Rice & Roses (1986, 30 min.)
Produced by the Center for Labor Education and Research and directed by Chris Conybeare and Joy Chong, this is a documentary look at the beginning of the modern labor era in Hawai'i and the longshoremen who organized the Hilo waterfront during the 30s. The motto, brothers under the skin used by Harry Kamoku, revealed their desire to form a truly inter-racial union movement in which they really lived by the belief that an injury to one is an injury to all. The second half of the program features the
Hilo Massacre of August 1st, 1938, where peaceful demonstrators were gassed, hosed, then shot by police as they picketed in sympathy for their brother unionists from Honolulu.

BROTHERS UNDER THE SKIN - Rice & Roses, Dramatization (1989, 60 minutes, V-02a,b,c,d)
Based on Dr. Puette's book The Hilo Massacre, this dramatization was written and produced by playwright Tremayne Tamayose for Hawai'i Public Television. More than a re-enactment, this is a telling of the story with the temperament and psychological atmosphere of labor conditions in Hilo, Hawai`i in the 1930s. The play focuses on union organizer Harry Kamoku (played by Dennis Chun), a young Chinese-Hawaiian longshoreman who put together the Hilo Longshoremen`s Association. Against formidable resistance from the Big 5 business leaders, Kamoku and the Hilo unionists formed a strong inter-racial union that was destined to grow and change labor relations and politics in Hawai`i forever.

DECEMBER 7th THE MOVIE (1991, black and white, 82 min., Kit Parker Video)
John Ford’s December 7th: THE MOVIE was banned by the U.S. Government for nearly fifty years. The film is now available to the general public for the first time ever in this copyrighted Special 50th Anniversary Edition, fully restored to its original eighty two minute length with subtitles added to the controversial Japanese language sequences and a descriptive prologue created for the modern audience. This full-length, unreleased version stars Walter Huston as Uncle Sam and is set in Honolulu on the day before the Japanese attack. Uncle Sam vacations complacently in Hawaii, concerned with the on going war in Europe. On Sunday morning, December 7th, air squadrons appear, “swooping down like flights of locusts”. The attack on Pearl Harbor, America’s first battle of World War II, is vividly illustrated as only Hollywood can do. A John Ford film. Co-Directed by John Ford and Gregg Toland, starring Walter Huston and Harry Davenport, with Dana Andrews, and Paul Hurst. Studio sequences shot at Twentieth Century-Fox. Musical score by Alfred Newman.

Produced by the Masons and Plasterers Union for the 40th anniverary.

FULFILLMENT OF A DREAM (1990, 30 min, V-14)
A short history of Hawai'i's Teamsters` Local 996 and Hotel Workers (H.E.R.E) Local 5 produced by the unions and aired on KITV on September 3, 1990. The program also contains brief interviews with endorsed candidates in the congressional and gubernatorial elections of 1990 and was hosted by Local 5 President Tony Rutledge.

THE GREAT HAWAII DOCK STRIKE - Rice & Roses (1999, 60 min. VHS)
Fifty years from the day it was settled, Rice & Roses presents a unique look at this pivotal event in the development of the ILWU in Hawai'i and also in the development of labor unity necessary for a modern labor movement. The 171 day strike challenged the colonial wage pattern whereby Hawai'i workers received significantly lower pay than their West Coast counterparts even though they were working for the same company and doing the same work. With compelling first-hand accounts and dramatizations the program depicts how Hawaii's dock workers suffered "red-baiting" and unrelenting attacks by a powerful alliance between the local media and corporate powers of the day brought back to life in photographs, film footage and the the storied accounts of those who lived through it like Ah Quon McElrath, Bud Smyser, Henry Walker, Jr., Mamoru Yamasaki, Senator Inouye and many of the striking longshoremen, including Joe Kahapea, Joe Kahee, Herman Kila, Levi Kealoha.

HARRIET BOUSLOG -Biography Hawai'i (2003 -60 min. DVD)
One of a handful of women lawyers during the 1940s and 50s, Harriet Bouslog became a champion for the working class. With her law partner Myer Symonds, she represented the ILWU, fighting for fair labor laws and wages for the people of Hawai'i. Her efforts were instrumental in ending the death penalty in the territory, and during the "Hawai'i Seven" trial she served as counsel for defendants accused of being Communists. Disbarred for openly questioning whether people charged with such crimes could receive a fair trial in Hawai'i, she was reinstated when her appeals led to a landmark decision in her favor by the United States Supreme Court. This Hawai'i biography documentary tells the story of the brilliant, vivacious, and controversial labor and civil rights attorney who placed herself at the center of many of the most important legal and political events during the territorial period in Hawai'i. It is a production of PBS Hawai'i and the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa for the Biographical Research Center, scripted by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl and directed by Joy Chong-Stannard, with Series Scholar Craig Howes.

The life of the founder of the ILWU and one of America`s greatest and most controversial labor leaders. Produced by Berry Minoff.

HARRY LEHUA KAMOKU: THE LEGEND RETURNS - Rice & Roses (1994, 30 minutes)
The life and times of Harry Lehua Kamoku, one of Hawai'i's greatest labor organizers is remembered. In the 1930s he helped bring Hilo Longshoremen of different races and backgrounds together for the first time. Featured are interviews and precious family photographs collected for a special ILWU memorial in Hilo held in January 1994.

JACK HALL: HIS LIFE AND TIMES - Rice & Roses (2008, 60 min.)
One of Hawai'i's greatest union orgainizers and labor leaders, Jack Wayne Hall (February 28, 1915 - January 2, 1971) steered Hawai'i away from feudalism and paternalism bringing industrial democracy to the islands and providing labor an equal place at the table of economic power. This documentary follows Hall's remarkable voyage from ordinary seaman to Regional Director of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in Hawai'i, and to Vice-President at the ILWU International. It also traces some of the most critical events in island labor history. Compelling interviews include those with Hall's family, friends, politicians, members of the early years of labor organizing in Hawai'i, and labor historians. Jack Hall was a gifted speaker and journalist, and the documentary gives voice to his own thoughts in his own words. Shot in Hawai'i and San Francisco, combining exclusive archival film/photographs of early strikes, marches and speeches with on and off camera actors, Hall's speeches, journals and letters tell his amazing story and evoke a visceral sense of the times.

As told by an aging part-Hawaiian whose father was a plantation doctor circa 1900, this is the story of his boyhood friend Kenji, son of one of the Japanese mill workers. The two boys take us through their world with old film footage and dramatic recreations of the planation era in rural O`ahu.

KOJI ARIYOSHI -Biography Hawai'i (2004 - 60 min. DVD)
Feareless and controversial editor of the Honolulu Record, Koji Ariyoshi lived a remarkable life at the center of events that transformed Hawai'i, America, China, and the world. Born on a Kona coffee plantation in 1914, he worked as a stevedore in Honolulu while attending the University of Hawai'i. He was employed on the San Francisco docks when World War II broke out, and soon found himself at Manzanar internment camp for American citizens and aliens of Japanese ancestry. When he enlisted in the U.S. Army, his language skills led to an assignment which ultimately carried him to Yenan, China, where he observed Communist re-education camps for Japanese POWs, and worked closely with several of China's future leaders, including Mao Zedung. After returning to Hawai'i, Ariyoshi became involved in union activities, and soon was editing the onolulu ecord, the voice of labor during the turbulent confl icts between unions and Hawai'i's ruling elites. In August 1951, Koji Ariyoshi was one of the activists arrested and charged with being Communists-a small group that became known as the Hawai'i Seven. Eventually acquitted, he later became a founder and champion for the University of Hawai'i's Ethnic Studies and Oral History programs, and for state historic preservation. This documentary contains interviews with family and friends, commentary by cultural historians, and stunning footage of wartime China. It is a production of the Center for Labor Education and Reserach, University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu and the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa for the Biographical Research Center.

Veteran Newsman Bob Jones is the director and narrator of this hour-long documentary of Hawai'i's first sugar plantation from its early experimental days in the 1830s to the closing of McBryde Plantation on September 16 in 1996. Featuring interviews with many of the former workers and managers, old film clips from Digby Sloggett's work and unique photos from the Ray Jerome Baker collection in the Bishop Museum, the program is a condensed history not just of Kōloa, McBryde and Grove Farm, but also of the rise and fall of the sugar industry in Hawai'i.

MEMORY LANE - Rice & Roses (1987, 30 min.)
Two segments featuring first railroad workers' recollections of the early days of locomotives used at Kaua'i sugar plantations, then interviews by Barabara Kawakami of a carpenter, a seamstress and four Japanese women who were former sugar workers in Waipahu recalling the 1920 Sugar Strike and the many hardships they endured.

THE HAWAI'I NURSES' STRIKE 2002-2003 - Labor's POV (Olelo Series, Dec. 14, 2002, 60 min., color)
After putting up with years of neglect, the Hawaii Nurses Association (HNA) has decided that they are tired of being overlooked and will no longer endure the injustices directed at their exhausting yet essential occupations. 2002 became the year the nurses took a stand to achieve some of their much-deserved rights, valiantly striking over key issues such as the outrageous patient to nurse ratio and mandatory overtime. During this discussion with Stuart McKinley, HNA Collective Bargaining Organization Director Sue Scheider elaborates on the cruel realities that the nurses face, as they are trapped in a "viscous cycle." It is a constant burden brought on by their necessities of their jobs, illness exposure, and overwhelming hours that threaten the wellbeing of the very workers who tend and care for the sick and ailing. This video also features footage of picketers, commentary by a variety of nurses, and even supporters from non health-related unions, showing that the strike has started to symbolize a genuine movement for solidarity. Rarely do the selfless caretakers of society voice concern over their own health and conditions. After receiving their compassionate services for all these years, the time has come for the communities to take care of its nurses. Producer/Interviewer: Stuart E. McKinley

PANIOLO O HAWAI'I: Cowboys of the Far West (1997, color, 79 min., Film Works Ltd.)
Hawai'i’s Paniolo learned to ride and rope from the great vaqueros of early California, forty years before the word cowboy came to be. Today, their influence still preserves the Hawaiian language, culture and spirit of Aloha in the most beautiful cattle country in the world. Brought to you by Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center Inc., in association with Bishop Museum Native Hawaiian Culture & Arts Program present an Edgy Lee film. Written by Paul Berry & Edgy Lee. Music composed and conducted by Robert Wehrman with additional music produced by Jim Ed Norman and Nahalani Lim Yap courtesy of Warner Bros. Records. Narrated by Willie Nelson, John Lake and others. Edited, produced, and directed Edgy Lee.

PICTURE BRIDE (1995, Miramax Films 95 min VHS & DVD)
A feature length film starring Youki Kudoh and Tamlyn Tomita that tells the story of Riyo, a young woman from Japan who ventures to Hawai'i as a "picture bride" in 1918. She is shocked to find a husband much older than she'd been told about and and forced to take up gruelling work in the sugar canefields.

PICTURE BRIDES - Rice & Roses (1986, 30 min, V-44)
The story of the way Japanese and Korean plantation workers in Hawai'i arranged marriages with women back in their homelands whom they have never met, featuring the research of the University of Hawai'i's Alice Chai and Barbara Kawakami.

PLANTATION MEMORIES - Rice & Roses (1986, 30 min, V-44)
The Rice & Roses' camera brings scenes and talk story reminiscence from Kaua'i's Grove Farm Plantation, Maui's Pa'ia Mill foundry and a celebration cooking at the Waipahu Cultural Garden Park.

THE STATEHOOD YEARS - Rice & Roses (1986, 30 min, V-13)
A co-production of CLEAR and the UH Oral History Project, Rice & Roses looks back at the people, issues and events that set the stage for Hawai'i's statehood, featuring interviews with such notables as Robert McElrath, Dan Aoki, Mrs. Burns, David Trask, and the former Governor Quinn.

A brief overview of the history of Hawaii's teachers union, founded in 1970. Produced by the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

THE ROLE OF HAWAI'I'S UNIONS IN THE 21st CENTURY, You and the Law in Hawai'i 'Olelo series (Spring 2000 series, 90 mins.)
Unions have always been an important step towards empowerment, with their actions reverberating throughout labor history's conflict-laden periods of growth. In this topical discussion hosted by legal education chair Robert Leclair, a panel consisting of local notables, Dr. J.N. Musto, Mike Nauyokas, Tony Rutledge, Arlene Ilae and Dr. William Puette, explains unionization in Hawai'i, from the perspectives within their own specialized fields--Just what is the importance of representation? What impact does the employment-at-will doctrine place upon the area of occupational protection, and what are some of the effects and laws that the public sector presents regarding the people in Hawaii? Are there exclusive characteristics of shop stewards? How and why did a resource facility like the Center for Labor Education & Research (CLEAR) at the University of Hawai'i come about, and what does it offer? These are but some of the issues raised and tackled during this 90-minute episode. With such diverse areas represented, the insightful commentary enlightens the viewer of the relationship shared between unions, the workforce, labor, and their noticeable influences on the state of Hawai'i.

Unity House Labor Day Special: THE STRUGGLE FOR DIGNITY (1992, 30 min.)
Woven into the fabric of Hawaii’s labor history are the invaluable lives that have risked it all, spilling both their spirits and blood to help create the “benefits” that many take for granted today. With dedication and a need to survive during the burgeoning growth of industries like sugar, industrial construction, and tourism, the Hawaiian workforce eventually gained the power to voice concerns over wage issues, benefits, abuse, and generally discriminatory treatment that neglected their basic human rights. This film examines and recounts the impact of such revolutionary efforts as the common worker continued to struggle for and during change: from the Koloa Sugar plantation-day beginnings, the stressful waterfront depressions, and even the hellish repercussions of World War II; historically significant movements that have led to the establishment and improvement of empowering tools such as organizing, the formation of unions, and the ability to strike. While realizing the plights and issues of island workers were universal, the emergences of Unity House, Local 5, the various Teamster unions, along with the more recent educational services and resource facilities ignited a sentiment of solidarity, helping to battle ever-present opposition, like the business-hardened Harry Weinberg, and achieving key victories that urge for the return to respectability of Hawaii’s working men and women. Featuring Unity House founder Art Rutledge and president, Tony Rutledge, Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, former mayor Frank Fasi, U.S. Representatives Patsy Mink and Neil Abercrombie, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Narrated by Brickwood Galuteria. A Unity House production. Directed by Dennis Christianson. Executive Producer Roderick Rodriguez. Produced and written by Shannon Carreiro.

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10,000 BLACK MEN NAMED GEORGE (2001, 95 min.)
The powerful true story of labor organizer Asa Philip Randolph (Andre Braugher), who faces racism and political corruption in a 12-year battle to unionize railway porters in the 1920s and '30s. Disrespectfully called "George" by their white passengers, the porters work in demeaning conditions for shameful wages, but soon the powerful Pullman Company is waging a campaign of fear against Randolph and his allies, porters Ashley (Mario Van Peebles) and Milton (Charles S. Dutton). Brock Peters costars in this gripping, fact-based original drama. (Showtime original film premiered February 24th at 7 p.m. CT; Paramount Pictures; directed by Robert Townsend)

BREAD AND ROSES [2000, 110 min.]
Gripping story of a group of the immigrant workers who take a stand against the million dollar corporations who employ them. Based on the SEIU's Justice for Janitor's organizing efforts in Los Angeles. Appalled by the working conditions and the unfair labor practices of their employers, two newly arrived illegal immigrants working as janitors in a major downtown office building team up with a union organizer to fight for human dignity and economic justice on the job. (Lions Gate Films, directed by Ken Loach, starring Adrien Brody and Pilar Padilla, Cannes Film Festival award nominee and winner og santa Barbara Internatonal Film Festival's Phoenix Prize)

AMERICA'S VICTORY: THE 1997 UPS STRIKE (1997, 10 min.)
    The Teamsters have produced this new short video describing the historic UPS Settlement. Positive and very upbeat, it shows how they prepared for contract negotiations, and organized their membership and community support for the union's bargaining proposals.

The PBS biography of A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979) one of America's most brilliant leaders, a civil rights and labor activist who, for over 40 eventful years, provided much of the organizational energy behind the struggle for African American equality, believing that the struggle to achieve economic rights was the key to advancing civil rights as well as the labor movement. He organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, a national union of railroad porters in the 1920s, and persuaded President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to bar racial discrimination in federal hiring programs created by the New Deal. In 1963 he led the March on Washington at the age of 74. [Produced by WETA-TV, Washington D.C.]

CESAR CHAVEZ: The Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Video Collection (1995, 30 min.)
With a lot of patience and hard work over the course of 30 years, Chavez successfully organized farm workers and other poor people, helping them to win social justice and uphold their dignity as human beings. Chavez’ stance on non-violence proves that enthusiasm and strict dedication to a cause can be as effective, if not more effective, than force. Chavez’ example continues to inspire individuals and movements across the United States and in other countries to struggle for justice without violence. The rallying cry, “!Si Se Puede!,” “Yes, it can be done!” continues to be heard throughout the U.S. as schools, roads and monuments are dedicated in Chavez’ name. In 1994, President Bill Clinton posthumously awarded to Cesar Chavez the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor in the United States. A Schlessinger video production, a division of Library Video Company. Adapted from the book by Chelsea House Publishers. Produced and directed by Fabian-Baber Communication, Inc. Executive Producer, Andrew Schlessinger.

Episode 2 of a four-part series on the history of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, chronicling the efforts of farmworkers to form a national labor union. Under the leadership of Cesar Chavez, farmworkers launched a strike against California grape-growers in 1965, demanding better working conditions and fair wages. In 1970, they undertook a national table grape boycott that eventually led to the first union contract in farm labor history.

The story of the famous Bread & Roses strike of the Lawrence textile mill workers and the IWW organizing that led 25,000 strikers through three months of conflict to victory. Produced by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Office of the Massachusetts Secretary of State and The Commonwealth Museum.

HARLAN COUNTY, USA (1976, 103 min, V-19)
Long after the mine workers` struggles depicted in John Sayles` Matewan, but just thirteen years before their industry-wide struggle with Pittston, miners were fighting for their union in Kentucky. Portraying this classic twentieth century conflict between mine workers, the coal company and the local police, this film chronicles the efforts of 180 coal mining families to win a United Mine Workers contract in Harlan County. In 1976 the film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

In Search of History: THE TRUE STORY OF THE MOLLY MAGUIRES (1998 A & E Television Networks; 60 min.)
In the 1870s, twenty Irish immigrants suspected of belonging to a secret terrorist organization, the Molly Maguires, were executed in the coal mining region of eastern Pennsylvania. Their crime was the murder of sixteen men, mainly mine officials. Over the next two years, ten more were hanged. Justice at Last declared newspapers of the day. Ever since, a debate has raged over who the Mollies were--bloodthirsty gangsters or the innocent victims of spies, detectives and railroad barons. THE TRUE STORY OF THE MOLLY MAGUIRES examines every source available to produce a definitive chronicle of this infamous event. There is no doubt that the powers that be were allied against the miners at a time when anti-Irish and anti-Catholic sentiment ran at a fever pitch, and the courts were stacked in the favor of big business. But does that mean the Mollies were innocent? Here, their descendants argue passionately for their cause, and the century-old evidence is re-investigated. This is an unbiased look at the infamous case that still has emotions running high over 100 years later. Produced by Weller/Grossman Productions for The History Channel. Narrated by David Ackroyd. Produced and written by Nancy Gimbrone.

MARTIN: WITH US STILL (1988, 9 min, V-34)
On the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a look back at the conditions that led to the sanitation workers' strike with excerpts from Dr. King`s I`ve been to the mountain top speech.

MATEWAN (1987, John Sayles - feature film: 100 min, V-36)
Matewan, West Virginia, coal mining country, was the site of an infamous massacre in 1920, when striking miners clashed with the hired thugs of the Stone Mountain Coal Co. Chris Cooper plays the IWW union man, Joe Kenehan, sent to Matewan to organize the workers. The miners have gone on strike and the company has brought in scabs: blacks from Alabama and Italians just off the boat. Joe is finally able to convince the three groups to work together so the company is forced to hire two gunmen to get rid of Joe and break the strike. A pacifist, Joe desperately tries to avoid the armed feud that eventually erupts savagely.

NEW HARVEST, OLD SHAME (1990, 60 min, V-40)
A CPB Frontline update of Edward R. Murrow`s classic 1960 documentary Harvest of Shame that revisits the migrant farm workers who annually travel from Florida to the mid-West and back. From their decrepit housing and inadequate medical benefits to the substandard wages and lack of access to ordinary labor law protections, 800,000 migrants, thirty years after Murrow`s expose, still live in labor camps and suffer working conditions as bad, if not worse, in 1990 than they did in 1960. In 1986, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) organized Campbell`s migrant workers, but union organizers still cannot reach the majority of the workers. Many employers resort instead to illegal aliens to keep their costs down, creating racial tensions between Black Americans, Guatemalans and Haitians. Aired on public television on AprilĘ17, 1990.

P.O.V.: THE UPRISING OF '34 (1995, 90 min.)
A fledging textile workers' union attempted unsuccessfully in 1934 to organize garment workers in the South. Originally broadcast by the Public Braodcasting System on June 27, 1995, this documentary looks at one of the greatest social upheavals in the South since the Civil War and decades before the Civil Rights movement was able to take on the great industrial bastions of economic power in the South.

THE RIVER RAN RED (1993, 58 min)
Blair Brown narrates this gripping account of the Homestead Lockout. In the summer of 1892, a bitter conflict erupted at the Carnegie Steel Works in Homestead, Pennsylvania. The nation`s largest steel maker hired a small army of Pinkerton detective agency armed guards to invade Homestead and subdue the union men and their community supporters with devasting consequences.

SALT OF THE EARTH (1954, Independent Prod. - feature film, 94 min, V46)
A strong pro-labor film with a particularly sympathetic interest in the Mexican-Americans with whom it deals. True, it frankly implies that the mine operators have taken advantage of the Mexican-born or descended laborers, have forced a speed up in their mining techniques and given them less respectable homes than provided the so-called Anglo laborers. It slaps at brutal police tactics in dealing with the strikers and it gets in some rough, sarcastic digs at the attitude of `the bosses` and the working of the Taft-Hartley Law. (from the New York Times review by Bosley Crowther, 3-15-54)

A PBS documentary produced for The American Experience series introduced by David McCullough, narrated by Tresa Hughes, written & produced by Charlotte Mitchell Zwerin.

STRIKESTORY: San Francisco before the `34 (1994, 30 min)
A documentary film by Rhian Miller telling a part the story of the West Coast Dock strike of 1934. This film focuses on the Great General Strike in San Francisco that was supported by 100,000 workers and shut down the city for three days, and the murder July 6th on Mission Street of picketing longshoremen. Featuring interviews with Bill Bailey, Elaine Black Yoneda and many of the survivors of that historic strike that saw the birth of th ILWU.

THE WRATH OF GRAPES (1986, 10:21 min.)
Masked by a largely successful agricultural industry, the towns of California have inhumanely suffered from poisoned crops and contaminated water supplies. Like a holocaustic epidemic, the effects of pesticide usage and its harmful repercussions have plagued many innocent workers, ravaging nearby residents and consumers alike. The film documents the plights of the California grape farm worker and focuses on the constant struggle that they must endure while dealing with the hazards of their occupation and efforts in achieving and maintaining protection of their most basic, but essential rights. As they face many health concerns that range from tragic child deformities, cancer, to immediate death, they also have to contend with opposing powerful corporations, who not only sabotage their unionization attempts, but also seem aloof to their problems. Featured in the film is UFW founder and charismatic leader Caesar Chavez and many specific victims of the horrific California grape situation.


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