The 1920 Battle of Matewan was a pivotal moment in the history of labor organizing and union busting. Shot in gritty tones by the late Haskell Wexler, John Sayles’s award-winning film brings the power struggle between miners, the coal company, and town officials into stark relief.
The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Made in L.A. 2016 artist Fred Lonidier, the guiding force behind Labor Link TV, a union activist collective that focuses on local labor movements. (1987, dir. John Sayles, 142 min.)
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