More May Day suggestions
May 17, 2002 | Page 4
Dear Socialist Worker,
Your recent review of books and movies to celebrate May Day (SW, May 3) left out a few excellent films that I feel offer rich and inspiring views of workers and oppressed people in struggle. Two films by Ken Loach come to mind: Land and Freedom and Bread and Roses.
Land and Freedom is a beautifully made political film about the Spanish Civil War. Bread and Roses follows the travails of an immigrant woman as she struggles for dignity by organizing a union in her workplace. It's based on the Justice for Janitors campaign in Los Angeles.
Another good movie is the made-for-TV film Harlan County War, which stars Holly Hunter. Harlan County War dramatizes the fight to organize a coal mine in Kentucky.
John Kirkland, Trenton, N.J.