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Radical Film Series #3

Saturday, November 01, 2003
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Event Type:
Jewlia Eisenberg
Location Details:
Temescal Arts Center 511 48th @ Telegraph Oakland

LISTEN to live music while you WATCH a silent film and then ENJOY a feature film about lefties. Radical! The Feature: Sacco and Vanzetti (1971) The Silent : Footage from 1920s labor struggles The Music: Anti-capitalist ditties from Puglia and Emilia-Romagna. Ballads about Sacco and Vanzetti by Woody Guthrie The Musicians: Jewlia Eisenberg and Devin Hoff Two musicians avoid rubber bullets at an anti-war demonstration and ask questions. Why does the left always eat itself? Will revolution come to our shores? Why do we feel alienated and crabby at a perfectly good demonstration? To build community and have a good time, we decide to make a traveling movie house for the red and the black. This is a meeting place for the new left and the what’s left, anarcho-syndicalists and leafy Greens, social democrats and democratic socialists. Guaranteed a popcorn- and politics-filled good time for all. __________________________________________________________ $5-10 Sliding scale. MORE INFO ABOUT SACCO AND VANZETTI In 1920, two men were shot dead while carrying the payroll of a shoe factory. The two robbers took cash, got into a car and were driven away. Several eyewitnesses claimed that the robbers looked Italian. A large number of Italian immigrants were questioned but eventually the authorities decided to charge Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco with the murders. Although the two men did not have criminal records, it was argued that they had committed the robbery to acquire funds for their anarchist worker’s campaign. The trial started on 21st May, 1921. The main evidence against the men was that they were both carrying a gun when arrested. Both men had good alibis. Vanzetti was selling fish in Plymouth while Sacco was in Boston with his wife having his photograph taken. The judge, Webster Thayer, announced at the beginning of the trial that he would “hang the anarchist bastards.” He refused to acknowledge the confession of the Morelli gang—the people who actually committed the robbery. Vanzetti and Sacco were accused of unpatriotic behaviour by fleeing to Mexico during the First World War. The trial lasted seven weeks and on 14th July, 1921, both men were found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death. Their conviction resulted from prejudice against them as anarchists and as Italian immigrants. Vanzetti commented to a journalist: "If it had not been for this thing, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have died, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in our full life can we hope to do such work for tolerance, justice, for man's understanding of man, as now we do by accident. Our words - our lives - our pains - nothing! The taking of our lives - lives of a good shoemaker and a poor fish peddler - all! That last moment belong to us - that agony is our triumph. On 23rd August 1927, the day of execution, over 250,000 people took part in a silent demonstration in Boston.
Added to the calendar on Tue, Feb 3, 2004 10:25AM
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