"The Prologue" from The Passaic Textile Strike (1926)

The Prologue from The Passaic Textile Strike
1926, Black & White, Film, 18 minutes, 6 seconds
International Workers Aid

Special Announcement:

Celebrating Orphan Films: Screenings and Discussions

May 13, 2011 - May 14, 2011

Billy Wilder Theater, Los Angeles

UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to partner with Los Angeles Filmforum and New York University's Orphan Film Symposium to present an eclectic mix of screenings and discussions at the Billy Wilder Theater.

The program of over 40 films will include a screening of:

The Passaic Textile Strike (1926) [reel 5] This legendary labor film, made by International Workers Aid to support New Jersey workers amid a bitter strike, survived in incomplete form until NYU’s Tamiment Library rediscovered a missing reel when it acquired the Communist Party USA Collection. The badly decayed nitrate film was painstakingly rescued by the Library of Congress, revealing a segment showing the plight of “the pale children of the hovels.” Introduced by Steven J. Ross (University of Southern California), author of Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America.

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[Clip] Cesar Chavez press conference (1973) - Unedited newsfilm from KTLA
1973, Color, Film, 56 seconds
UCLA Film & Television Archive