Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Anarchism in America/The Free Voice of Labour: The Jewish Anarchists


Two documentaries on one disc:

Anarchism in America: the filmmakers take a road trip to map anarchism as a distinctly American tradition, interviewing a diverse cast of characters: from "ordinary" truckers and farmers to famous anarchists like Kenneth Rexroth and Ursula LeGuin.



The Free Voice of Labor: traces the history of the Yiddish anarchist newspaper - Freie Arbeiter Stimme - publishing it's final issue after 87 years-as told by it's now elderly, but decidedly unbowed staff.

Steven Fishler and Joel Sucher, since studying with Martin Scorsese in 1969, have been making Emmy- and Guggenheim award-winning nonfiction films that explore American social history.

Review
"A colorful and provocative survey of anarchism in America, the film attempts to dispel popular misconceptions and trace the historical development of the movement. The film explores the movement both as a native American philosophy stemming from 19th century American traditions of individualism, and as a foreign ideology brought to America by immigrants. The film features rare archival footage and interviews with significant personalities in anarchist history including Murray Boochkin and Karl Hess, and also live performance footage of the Dead Kennedys."

# Actors: Murray Bookchin, Paul Avrich, Karl Hess, Jello Biafra
# Directors: Steven Fischler, Joel Sucher
# Format: NTSC
# Language: English
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
# Number of discs: 1
# Rating UNRATED
# Studio: AK Press
# DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006

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