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With the failure of President Hoover's policies at the end of 1929, marked by the stock market crash on October 24 and the ensuing Great Depression, the decade that began with the dream of endless progress and prosperity came to an end with millions unemployed. American industrial workers who had lost their jobs lined up in the streets for a bowl of soup and a hunk of bread. Depression, new technology and foreclosure by the banks drove more than half of American farmers to bankruptcy. By 1932 something had to change, and the newly elected President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, created the New Deal to put America back to work. The Works Project Administration (WPA) and Farm Security Administration (FSA) were formed to carry out this plan. However, with the arrival of Martin Dies' House Un-American Activities Committee, theatre actors, directors, writers and painters soon found themselves the target of Republicans' aggressive anti-communist agendas, and the WPA was under full-blown political attack. Narrated by Orson Welles, this remastered classic also features interviews and commentary by John Houseman, Studs Terkel, Howard Da Silva, Arthur Rothstein, Joseph Losey, Norman Lloyd, Will Geer, Nelson Algren, Kenneth Rexroth, Bernarda Bryson Shahn and more. (Note adapted from Corinth Films.) 


DC Labor FilmFest

April 30–June 6


Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO and the AFI Silver, the DC Labor FilmFest features a wide-ranging selection of films about work, workers and the wider issues affecting workers' lives. This year, for its 20th edition, the festival goes virtual, presenting a lineup of outstanding work-related cinema online for audiences in the Washington, DC, area and beyond. 

  • Year
    1979
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    NOT RATED
  • Director
    Wieland Schulz-Keil
  • Screenwriter
    Wieland Schulz-Keil
  • Producer
    Wieland Schulz-Keil
  • Cast
    Orson Welles, John Houseman, Studs Terkel, Howard Da Silva, Arthur Rothstein, Joseph Losey, Norman Lloyd, Will Geer, Nelson Algren, Kenneth Rexroth, Bernarda Bryson Shahn