The Free Voice of Labor: Jewish Anarchists
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"The Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists" traces the history of a Yiddish anarchist newspaper publishing its final issue. The story is mostly told by the newspaper's now elderly, but decidedly unbowed staff. This is the story of one of the largest radical movements among Jewish immigrant workers in the 19th and 20th centuries and the conditions that led them to band together.
These elderly anarchists reflect on their lives spent fighting for a less centralized government, workers' rights and above all, justice for all. In doing so, strong social bonds were formed while authorities, including managers, police and the government put psychological and physical pressure on them.
The film weaves through interviews with old film footage to bring an important historical perspective, which has been long since forgotten. Though this was filmed in the 70's and many of the stories relate to the First World War, I drew parallels to today's times. The spirit of those filmed, together with their unwillingness to wilt against formidable odds is inspirational.