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Brothers on the Line (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 8 March 2012 (USA)
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An acclaimed documentary feature exploring the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - prolific labor statesman whose social justice movement, under the ... See full summary »


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Walter Reuther ...
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Victor Reuther ...
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Roy Reuther ...
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George Meany ...
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Harry Bennett ...
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An acclaimed documentary feature exploring the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - prolific labor statesman whose social justice movement, under the banner of the United Auto Workers union, transformed the landscape of a nation. Directed by Victor's grandson, Sasha, and narrated by Martin Sheen, the film is an in-depth study of one family's rise from auto plant organizers in 1930s Detroit to leaders in collective bargaining, Civil Rights activism, and international labor solidarity. Behind the dramatic headlines of picket line conflict, assassination attempts, heated Senate hearings, and inter-union power struggles, lies a stirring personal story of determination, sacrifice, triumph, and tragedy. This influential and often controversial 40-year crusade would contribute to lifting millions of workers to a middle-class living and compel American democracy to live up to its promise of equality. Written by Porter Street Pictures

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Walter Reuther: You can kill a man with a twelve-gauge shotgun, but you cannot kill an idea. Whether one leader falls or many leaders fall, the UAW will march on.
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Educational and Inspirational!
10 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

An educational and inspirational film on organized labor and the immense good that unionism has done for improving the lives of the working class in America.

Hopefully this documentary will serve to educate a new generation on the positive influence which unions in general, and more specifically, the UAW, has had in building the middle class and serving as a powerful vehicle for civil rights and social justice.

This is not so much a reaffirmation of a forgotten or lost history, but rather a new shining of the light of truth on a history which has been slandered, disparaged and lied about by the powerful and corrupting influence of corporate money and thirty plus years of intentional anti-union misinformation in all areas of public discourse.

Its time to stop the lies, time to fight back against the corporate culture of greed and exploitation which is threatening the economic prosperity of this nation, destroying the middle class and once again squeezing the life out of the working poor.

We can change our economic course...we did it before...the Reuther Brothers and the UAW are a testament to that...and we can do it again. We just have to organize and work together in a spirit of common cause and solidarity for the betterment of all, not just the privileged few, for the nation as a whole and not just those who live behind mansion gates paid for by the exploited labor of America's hard working men and women.

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