A woman who contracted cancer as the result of exposure to a synthetic hormone in utero documents her journey with humor and grace.
In 1934, thousands of workers participated in the largest single-industry strike in history. Southern communities are still living with the consequences.
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 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.
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.