SKU 6597

NATIVE LAND (1942) * with switchable English subtitles *

Paul Robeson as Narrator and vocalist (voice) Fred Johnson as Fred Hill, a farmer Mary George as Hill's wife John Rennick as Hill's son Amelia Romano as Window scrubber Houseley Stevenson as White sharecropper Louis Grant as Black sharecropper James Hanney as Mack, Union president Howard Da Silva as Jim, an informer Art Smith as Harry Carlyle John Marley as Thug with crowbar Directed by Leo Hurwitz Paul Strand

Paul Robeson narrates a mix of dramatizations and archival footage about the Bill of Rights being under attack during the 1930s by union busting corporations and their spies and contractors. In dramatizations, we see a Michigan farmer beaten for speaking up at a meeting, a union man murdered in an apartment in Cleveland, two sharecroppers near Fort Smith Arkansas shot by men deputized by the local sheriff, a spy stealing the names of union members, and a dead Chicago union man eulogized. In archival footage, we witness police and goons beating lawfully assembled union organizers, and we see men at work and union families at play. The narration celebrates patriotism and democracy, albeit with a strong, leftist tinge to it.

DVD-R is in English with switchable English subtitles. Approx. 88 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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