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The Wobblies

  • Date: August 18, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Price: FREE Admission
  • Presented by: Park City Film
  • Location: Park City Film
Overview

August 18 | Not Rated | 89 mins | Directed by Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer | Thursday at 7:00 PM

Founded in Chicago in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) took to organizing unskilled workers into one big union and changed the course of American history. This compelling documentary of the IWW (or “The Wobblies” as they were known) tells the story of workers in factories, sawmills, wheat fields, forests, mines and on the docks as they organize and demand better wages, healthcare, overtime pay and safer working conditions. In some respects, men and women, Black and white, skilled and unskilled workers joining a union and speaking their minds seems so long ago, but in other ways, the film mirrors today’s headlines, depicting a nation torn by corporate greed.

Filmmakers Deborah Shaffer and Stewart Bird weave history, archival film footage, interviews with former workers (now in their 80s and 90s), cartoons, original art, and classic Wobbly songs (many written by Joe Hill) to pay tribute to the legacy of these rebels who paved the way and risked their lives for the many of the rights that we still have today.

Local Park City Unions will be on site for a post film reception. Presented in partnership with Park City Library as part of the 2022 One Book One Community selection “Cold Millions.”

Admission is Free – registration is suggested

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