Two fascinating documentaries on one DVD. Both are the work of Emmy and Guggenheim Award-winning filmmakers, Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher.
In the first, 'Anarchism in America', the two take a road trip to map anarchism as a distinctly American tradition. Starting with the premise that Americans embody anarchist principles of freedom and independence, the filmmakers were not disappointed. Along with archival footage of luminaries like Emma Goldman, they introduce us to Mildred Loomis, 80 years old and sill advocating back to the land individualism; beat poet Kenneth Rexroth; science fiction author Ursula LeGuin; long-distance trucker Li'l John; punk rockers the Dead Kennedys and, among many others, AK Press author Murray Bookchin.
The second, 'Free Voice of Labor', traces the history of the Yiddish anarchist newspaper of that name - publishing its final issue after 87 years - as told by its now elderly, but decidely unbowed staff. Its the story of one of the most radical movements among Jewish immigrant workers in the 19th & 20th centuries, the conditions that led them to band together, their fight to build trade unions, their huge differences with the Communissts, their attitudes toward violence, Yiddish culture and their loyalty to one another.
Product Code: 5077