The Uprising of '34

In 1934, thousands of workers participated in the largest single-industry strike in history. Southern communities are still living with the consequences.

Series
POV
Premiere Date
June 27, 1995
Length
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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    1995 Big Muddy Film & Video Festival-Best of Festival
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    1995 Charlotte Film and Video Festival -Juror's Choice
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    1995 Black Maria Film & Video Festival -Director’s Choice
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    1995 National Educational Media Network-Gold Apple
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    1995 Chicago International Film Festival-Golden Plaque, Documentary
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    1995 Oral History Association-Best Use of Oral History in Media
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    1995 Three Rivers Film Festival-Best Documentary
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    1995 San Francisco International Film Festival-Golden Gate Award, Certificate of Merit
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    1995 Oral History Association-Outstanding Use of Oral History in a Nonprint Format
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    1995 Columbus International Film & Video Festival -Bronze Plaque, Social Issues
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    1996 Film Arts Foundation -Joady Award
  • Producer

    George Stoney

    Producer

    Judith Helfand

    Filmmaker, activist and educator Judith Helfand is best known for her ability to take the dark, cynical worlds of chemical exposure and heedless corporate behavior and make them personal, resonant, highly charged, and entertaining. Her films, The Uprising of ’34 (co-directed with George Stoney), the Sundance-award-winning Blue Vinyl (co-directed Show more with Daniel B. Gold and nominated for two Emmys), and its Peabody-award-winning prequel A Healthy Baby Girl (a five-year video-diary about her experience with DES-related cancer), explore home, class, corporate accountability, intergenerational relationships, and the ever shrinking border between what is personal and what is a critical part of the public record. Show less

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    The Film

    In 1934, hundreds of thousands of Southern textile workers participated in the largest single-industry strike in history. Many lost their jobs; some lost their lives. Dozens of southern communities are still living with the consequences of this largely unknown event. The Uprising of '34 recalls how communities can be impacted by history and memory, long after an event occurs.

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