Directed by Deborah Shaffer, Stewart Bird
“Solidarity! All for One and One for All!”
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.
Restored by the Museum of Modern Art and recently inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
Reviews More Reviews
“The Wobblies is a history of the IWW, researched lovingly and corroborated by the reminiscences of some of the union’s former members. When the facts are presented as fully as they have been here, the feelings that accompanied them aren’t difficult to imagine."
“Conveys the conviction and strength of these union pioneers with straightforward grace.”
“Iconic. Innovative. Eerily echoing current times. Replete with gorgeous archival footage, the film pays tribute to American workers who took the ideals of equality and free speech seriously enough to put their lives on the line for them. A joyous chronicle.”
“A vivid look into America’s radical past. Its heroes and heroines are filled with vitality—a rare attribute these days.”
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- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Color: Color, Black & White
- Formats: DVD
|AFI Silver||Silver Spring||MD||1651377600May 1 - May 6, 2022|
|All Saints Cinema - Tallahassee Film Society||Tallahassee||FL||1651118400April 28 - May 6, 2022|
|American Cinematheque||Los Angeles||CA||1651377600May 1 - May 2, 2022|
|Austin Film Society||Austin||TX||1651636800May 4 - May 6, 2022|
|BAM Rose Cinemas||Brooklyn||NY||1656907200July 4 - July 6, 2022|
|Cinema Arts Centre||Huntington||NY||1659499200August 3 - August 4, 2022|
|Cinema Detroit||Detroit||MI||1651377600May 1 - May 3, 2022|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||1653624000May 27 - July 29, 2022|
|Clinton Street Theater||Portland||OR||1651464000May 2, 2022|
|Crandell Theatre||Chatham||NY||1657425600July 10 - July 11, 2022|
|Denver Film / Sie FilmCenter||Denver||CO||1651377600May 1 - May 6, 2022|
|Epsilon Spires||Brattleboro||VT||1651377600May 1 - May 2, 2022|
|Film Streams||Omaha||NE||1651377600May 1 - May 5, 2022|
|Guild Cinema||Albuquerque||NM||1654833600June 10 - June 14, 2022|
|Indiana University Cinema||Bloomington||IN||1651377600May 1 - May 3, 2022|
|Lightbox Film Center||Philadelphia||PA||1651636800May 4 - May 5, 2022|
|Metrograph||New York||NY||1651204800April 29 - May 5, 2022|
|New Plaza Cinema||New York||NY||1651204800April 29 - May 2, 2022|
|Pageant Theatre||Chico||CA||1651377600May 1 - May 2, 2022|
|Park City Film||Park City||UT||1660795200August 18 - August 19, 2022|
|Rivertown Film Society||Nyack||NY||1662004800September 1 - September 8, 2022|
|Roxie Theater||San Francisco||CA||1651464000May 2 - May 4, 2022|
|SPACE||Portland||ME||1651377600May 1 - May 5, 2022|
|The Beacon||Seattle||WA||1651377600May 1 - May 6, 2022|
|The Screening Room||Newburyport||MA||1651377600May 1 - May 2, 2022|
|Upstate Films||Rhinebeck||NY||1658030400July 17 - June 18, 2022|