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Reflect of the workers' movement in cinema - two examples

 

 

 

Matewan

 

 

This film by director John Sayles, released in 1987, is inspired by events that happened in 1920 in the town of Mingo County (West Virginia) in the USA. It's about a conflict opposing the miners of the Stone Mountain Coal Company to their employer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some historical information:

United Mine Workers of America: Matewan

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources: May 19, 1920: Matewan Massacre

West Virginia Division of Culture and History: The United States Army and the Return to Normalcy in Labor Dispute Interventions: The Case of the West Virginia Coal Mine Wars, 1920-1921

 

 

 

 

The Salt of the Earth

 

 

This film by Herbert Biberman, produced in 1954 with the participation of the International Union Of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, is based on a strike of the miners of the Empire Zinc Mine de Silver City, New Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some historical information:

Mining "Salt of the Earth"

 

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