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American Roots Film Series
As a lead-up to our November 18 Windborne Singers workshop and concert, Transformations invites you to join us to view and discuss significant documentary films addressing the struggles of working people in US history.
The Inheritance (1964; 57 minutes) Director Harold Mayer
Thursday, October 26; 7- 8:30pm
This 1964 Harold Mayer documentary film, shot in black and white, is a sweeping history of the US labor movement from Ellis Island to the rise of industrial unionism. Using archival film and photos, it recounts the experience of the immigrants and working Americans who did the dirty work of building an industrialized nation in sweatshops, mines and mills across the US. It is a story of persevering through World Wars, the Great Depression, and many a bloody battle over labor and civil rights. This story is told from the perspective of the workers, and is unabashedly pro-union. Nevertheless, it is still used over 50 years after its release and has reached “classic” film status because of its quality and theme expressed by Director Mayer who said, “every generation has to win its freedom all over again, or it will lose it. Nothing remains the same, and no rights, however hard fought for, however seemingly secure, can be taken for granted.”
There is no fee for the films, but free-will donations to support our work are always appreciated.
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