Workers’ Struggle

Rebellion in Patagonia (1974)
Argentina
In Patagonia farm workers try to get better conditions of work
Comrades (1986)
Australia
British farm laborers imprisoned in Australia in 1834 for forming an unauthorized union
Strikebound (1984)
Australia
Worker struggle in the Gippsland coalfields during 1930’s Australia
Massacre Hill (1949)
Australia
Australians battle the government during the 1854 miners' revolt
Daens (1992)
Belgium
Father Adolf Daens works in Belgium of the 1890s & champions the workers' cause
Inferno Below (2003)
Belgium
Made for TV movie about 1956 tragedy in the mine at Marcinelle in Belgium where 300 miners died (136 of the dead miners were Italians)
Sub Terra (2003)
Chile
Coal miners strike for better pay and conditions in 1897 Lota, Chile
Työväenlaulaja (1973)
Finland
Labor troubles in Finland
La Révolte des enfants (1992)
France
Drama set in France around the abuse of child labor
Germinal (1993)
France
French film about a perilous workers' strike in the French mines
Deserter (1933)
Germany
Labor struggle in Germany and Russia
The Mill (2013)
Great Britain
Abuse of cotton workers in England
Made in Dagenham (2010)
Great Britain
Female workers walk out in protest against sexual discrimination in pay in 1968 at the Ford Dagenham car plant
Brassed Off! (1996)
Great Britain
The threat of a mine-closing looms over players in a Yorkshire brass band, whose impassioned leader wants a national title
Guiana 1838 (2004)
Guyana
Abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean in 1834 prompts a company to recruit Coolies from India to make them slaves
Young Cassidy (1965)
Ireland
Early life of Irish playwright and socialist Sean O'Casey; 1910 Dublin slums; poverty and tram-strike
The Organizer (1963)
Italy
Labor strike in Italy at turn of the 20th century against a 14-hour work day
La terra trema (1948)
Italy
A poor Sicilian tries to lessen the exploitation of the fishermen in his village by the fish merchants and finds all the cards are stacked against him
Oh! The Nomugi Pass (1979)
Japan
Abuse of women workers in silk industry in Japan in early 1900s
Ah! Nomugi toge – Shinryokuhen (1982)
Japan
Follow up to Ah! Nomugi toge
The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
Japan
Kurosawa's film about a man seeking revenge against the Japanese company that murdered his father
Frida Still Life (1983)
Mexico
The life and paintings of Frida Kahlo (married to the great muralist Diego Rivera)
Frida (2002)
Mexico
Two left-wing Mexican artists interact with the Rockefellers
Tina in Mexico (2002)
Mexico
Life of photographer Tina Modotti and her contacts with intellectual circles (including Diego Rivera)
En busca de un muro (1974)
Mexico
Mexican muralist Jose Clemente Orozco and help from American journalist Alma Reed
Roots of Blood (1978)
Mexico
The fight for unionization of the fabric factories around the US/Mexican border
Redes (1936)
Mexico
Documentary-like dramatization of the daily grind of men struggling to make a living by fishing on the Gulf of Mexico; one worker’s terrible loss instigates a political awakening among him and his fellow laborers.
Bitter Sweat (2003)
Puerto Rico
Mysterious death of a supervisor during the Star Kist Caribbean Plant closure in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Deserter (1933)
Russia
Labor struggle in Germany and Russia
Strike (1925)
Russia
1912 strike in Russian locomotive factory; directed by Sergei Eisenstein
The Heart of the Earth (2007)
Spain
In Andalusia, 1888, a workers' protest against the miserable conditions at the local mines ends in a massacre
Ådalen 31 (1969)
Sweden
In 1931 Swedish military opens fire on peaceful labor demonstrators in Adalen
Endise (1974)
Turkey
On the cotton fields workers
Los mineros (1991)
U.S.A.
Mexican-American copper miners fight for better terms 1903-1946 which shapes the course of Arizona history
Joe Hill (1971)
U.S.A.
Labor organizer
Bound for Glory (1976)
U.S.A.
Story of folk singer Woody Guthrie who discovered the misery of the poor and working class in the USA
Cradle will Rock (1999)
U.S.A.
Actor Orson Wells has big trouble trying to put on a theatrical production of a musical about a steel strike
Black Fury (1935)
U.S.A.
In Pennsylvania an immigrant coal miner finds himself in the middle of a bitter labor dispute between the workers and the mine owners
Matewan (1987)
U.S.A.
Violent confrontations between company thugs and coal miners in 1920's West Virginia, USA; with Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones
Little Accidents (2014)
U.S.A.
Disappearance of a teenage boy in a small American mining community living in the shadow of a mine accident
Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)
U.S.A.
1920, the unjust trial of two Italian-American anarchists for a crime they did not commit; documentary
Norma Rae (1979)
U.S.A.
True story of a woman textile worker (Sally Field) being radicalized by New York City labor organizer (Ron Leibman)
Harlan County War (2000)
U.S.A.
A Kentucky coal miner's wife spearheads a 1970s union strike to close the mine and force contract negotiations
Salt of the Earth (1954)
U.S.A.
1950 zinc mine workers go on strike in Silver City, New Mexico; black listed in Hollywood for making the film were the director, actor Will Geer, producer Paul Jarrico & screenwriter Michael Wilson
The Molly Maguires (1970)
U.S.A.
Violence used by Irish coal workers to fight the owners
F.I.S.T. (1978)
U.S.A.
Interesting theory that managers and their hired thugs used so much violence that the American labor movement had to turn to organized crime to survive and thereby was corrupted
Northern Lights (1978)
U.S.A.
Early 20th century popular take-over of government in USA northern plains
On the Waterfront (1954)
U.S.A.
Fighting corruption on the docks of New York City
Margaret’s Museum (1995)
U.S.A.
Margaret finds love but what are her odds for happiness when she lives in a town where half the men die down the coalpit
Cesar Chavez (2014)
U.S.A.
Biography of the Hispanic civil-rights activist and labor organizer of seasonal workers
Schwabenkinder (2003)
Others
A child sent away as a laborer, now an adult, tells his story to his now dying father