In the early 1900's, the legendary Joe Hill emigrates with his brother to the United States. But after a short time, he loses touch with his brother. Joe gets a few jobs but is struck by all the injustice and tragedy going on. He becomes active in the forbidden union IWW, a union for workers without trades. It is forbidden to demonstrate and to speak in public but Joe gets around that by singing his manifests with the Salvation Army. He manages to get more and more people to get on strike with him but he also makes powerful enemies doing that. Finally he gets connected with a murder and during the trial he fires his lawyer and takes upon himself to become his own defender. Written by
A friend has recently lent me a DVD of Joe Hill. I have no idea where she got it but I suspect it was taped from a TV screening. I intend to burn some copies and am happy to provide these to people with a genuine interest. As far as I can tell this film is not available from any commercial source so I don' t feel bad about doing this. If I am wrong I hope someone will let me know. email@example.com
This is a fascinating and important film about the Swedish labour agitator Joe Hill, and tells the story of the IWW strikes in th early years of the 20th century. The story is little known, especially in the USA, where information about left- wing causes has been wiped from the history books. An American friend of mine told me the only place he learned about these aspects of American history was in his Literature classes through reading Steinback and others, never in his history classes.
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