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We Work Again (1937)

Unrated | | Short, Documentary
A tribute to the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in their efforts to find jobs for African-Americans during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
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In the 1930s, the economic depression has been especially hard on African-American families and communities. But the federal government's Works Progress Administration now provides many new opportunities for employment and advancement. Both skilled and unskilled laborers are employed in many public works projects. Others find work in a wide range of fields, including education, medicine, and even music and the performing arts. Written by Snow Leopard

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Interesting Bit of History
5 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

We Work Again (1937)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This short film certainly isn't anything ground-breaking but it's very much worth watching for a number of reasons. The main goal of this film was to educate black people that jobs were coming back after the Great Depression and this is an attempt to give people ideas of what they could do. There are some very interesting things here but of course the most fascinating is just being able to see a film that was produced for and aimed at black folks during the depression. After WWI they were hit hardest with a lack of jobs so it's fascinating getting to see how this was trying to educate them of their options. The other fascinating thing is getting to see clips from a production of MacBeth, which was being directed by Orson Welles. No footage of Welles is shown here, which is too bad but it's still great getting to see what he was working on.

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