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Brothers on the Line (2012)

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An acclaimed documentary feature exploring the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - prolific labor statesman whose social justice movement, under the ... See full summary »

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Walter Reuther ...
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An acclaimed documentary feature exploring the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - prolific labor statesman whose social justice movement, under the banner of the United Auto Workers union, transformed the landscape of a nation. Directed by Victor's grandson, Sasha, and narrated by Martin Sheen, the film is an in-depth study of one family's rise from auto plant organizers in 1930s Detroit to leaders in collective bargaining, Civil Rights activism, and international labor solidarity. Behind the dramatic headlines of picket line conflict, assassination attempts, heated Senate hearings, and inter-union power struggles, lies a stirring personal story of determination, sacrifice, triumph, and tragedy. This influential and often controversial 40-year crusade would contribute to lifting millions of workers to a middle-class living and compel American democracy to live up to its promise of equality. Written by Porter Street Pictures

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Walter Reuther: You can kill a man with a twelve-gauge shotgun, but you cannot kill an idea. Whether one leader falls or many leaders fall, the UAW will march on.
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Eye Opening History with a great narrative
9 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the world premier last night at the Birmingham Michigan Uptown Film Festival.

This is a terrific documentary that enthralled everyone present. Many in this country do not know enough about the history of the labor movement and what unions did to establish a middle class in this country. I would love to see this movie on PBS and I believe it will be used in classrooms at the high school and college levels.

First person interviews and archival footage bring this period of our history to life. Of interest, the Ted Kennedy interview were among the last he gave before his death.


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