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Title Native land / Frontier Films presents ; directed by Leo Hurwitz, Paul Strand ; a Frontier Films production
Published Los Angeles, CA : Flicker Alley, 2015


Description 1 online resource (89 min.)
Summary Inspired by the 1938 report of the La Follette Civil Liberties Committee's investigation into the repression of labor organizing, Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand's biting and beautiful Native Land (1942, though largely shot between '37 and '39) combines documentary footage with staged reenactments to depict the struggle of trade unions against corporations, their spies and contractors. Legendary singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson narrates the film through words and song, lending the work a sense of powerful gravitas. In part a progressive response to the patriotic newsreel series The March of Time, Hurwitz and Strand (alongside their documentary filmmaking collective, Frontier Films) divided the majority of the film into four parts, all based on real events: the murders of a union farmer in Michigan and a labor organizer in Cleveland; the shooting down of two Southern sharecroppers (one black, one white) by deputies; a brutal Ku Klux Klan rally in which members tar and feather progressive political candidates; and the Republic Steel Massacre of 1937. Interwoven with these sequences are dramatizations of the workings of labor union spies, as well as slice-of-life montages meant to illustrate the themes of liberty, freedom, and industrial modernization
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed December 11, 2017)
Performer Paul Robeson, narrator ; commentary by David Wolff
Cast Fred Johnson, Mary George, John Rennick, Amelia Romano, Housely Stevens, Louis Grant, James Hanney, Howard DaSylva, Art Smith
Notes In English
Won 1942 National Board of Review, Best Documentary
Subject Labor unions -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Human rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Civil rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Democracy -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Civil rights.
Human rights.
Labor unions.
United States.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Documentary-style films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Historical films.
Feature films.
Documentary-style films.
Fiction films.
Documentary films.
Historical films.
Films de fiction.
Films historiques.
Form Streaming video
Author Hurwitz, Leo T., 1909-1991, director, producer.
Strand, Paul, 1890-1976, director, producer.
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976, narrator.
Frontier Films (New York, N.Y.), production company, presenter.
Flicker Alley (Firm), distributor.