International Working Class
Film & Video Festival
At East Bay Location
July 11 (Friday) 7:00 PM (Donation) -Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
The International / Beynelmilel (106 min) 2006
By Muharrem Gulmez & Sirri Sureyya Onder (Turkey)
Set in Adiyaman, Turkey, the business for a group of local musicians hits rock bottom due to curfew laws implemented in 1982 by the US supported military coup in 1980. The repression by the junta takes a twist when the region’s martial law commander decides he needs a band for the upcoming visit of the junta generals. The town band is now ordered to put on some uniforms and perform a welcoming ceremony for the military council’s visit to the town. At the same time, the daughter of the local orchestra’s head becomes involved with the town revolutionaries who are seeking to make a statement against the generals. The life and music of the people of Turkey is merged in the struggle to expose and challenge the brutal military rule. This film was one of the most popular films in Turkey about military rule and resistance.
S?rr? Süreyya Önder was born in Ad?yaman in 1962. He was a political science student at Ankara University during the military coup of September 12, 1980. He was one of the students arrested during the riots and was convicted as a political felon. Önder served 12 years in Mamak Prison. He defines himself as a distressed person, a man who feels a responsibility for the land he lives in.
July 18 (Friday) 7:00 PM (Donation) --Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Eugene Debs & The American Movement
(43 min) 1977
By Cambridge Documentary Films
This film tells the story of railroad worker Eugene Debs’ life through his speeches and photographs. He is one of the most important labor leaders in the history of the United States. Jailed for opposing the 1st world war, he fought for workers rights and received over one million votes while running for president from jail. He founded the American Railway union and led the Pullman strike in 1894. He founded the Socialist Party in 1901 and ran four times as its presidential candidate. He also organized the Industrial Workers of the World with Mother Jones, Big Bill Haywood and others.
San Francisco State On Strike (20 min) 1968
This film shows the struggle of the students and teachers in the 6 months long strike at San Francisco State University.
July 25 (Friday) 7:00 PM (Donation) -Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Un Poquito De Tanta Verdad (A Little Bit of So Much Truth) (93 min) 2007
By Jill Friedberg
This film shows the role of the fight for community/labor control of media in the struggle in Oaxaca in 2006 and 2007. We look at workers, peasants and activists fighting to get their voices on the airwaves about their struggle for survival and justice. http://www.corrugate.org