London Short Film Festival 2021

PROCLAIM LOUDLY WHAT IS HAPPENING: Labour Activism On Film

Expired January 25, 2021 6:00 PM
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This retrospective double bills two radical and forceful expressions of documentary filmmaking from two radical and resolute coalitions of labour activists and artists.


In the car manufacturing industry of Detroit, we see the struggle of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers as it takes on the inequalities and injustices faced by both black and white workers. Whilst on the assembly line of France’s border, the workers themselves take up the role of filmmaker under the nominer of Groupe Medvedkine, documenting their own activism and protest as they fight the draconian measures of their employer.


Whilst markedly different in style, what unites both is the determination that labour activism doesn’t stop at the factory gates. These films are clarion calls to the wider working community to unite and propose a radical reorganisation of the economy, social order and workers rights.


Programmed by Tom Grimshaw. 95'


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A forceful, unique documentary that reveals the activities of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers inside and outside the auto factories of Detroit. Through interviews with the members of the movement, footage shot in the auto plants, and footage of leafleting and picketing actions, the film documents their efforts to build an independent black labor organisation that, unlike the UAW, will respond to worker's problems, such as the assembly line speed-up and inadequate wages faced by both black and white workers in the industry.

  • Year
    1970
  • Runtime
    55 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Stewart Bird, Rene Lichtman and Peter Gessner & the League of Revolutionary Black Workers