THE FREE VOICE OF LABOR:
THE JEWISH ANARCHISTS
Date: Wednesday, November 11
Time: 8 pm
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History
Directors: Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher
Running Time: 55 Min
Languages: English and Yiddish with English Subtitles
In honor of the 35th anniversary of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, we are proud to reprise THE FREE VOICE OF LABOR: THE JEWISH ANARCHISTS, a noteworthy 1980 documentary which screened with the first JFF U.S. National Tour organized by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
THE FREE VOICE OF LABOR: THE JEWISH ANARCHISTS introduces us to the Jewish sweatshop workers who made up the Jewish Anarchists Movement at the turn of the twentieth-century in New York City. Comprising Russian and other Eastern-European Jews who immigrated to America in search of freedom and opportunity, the Jewish Anarchists rejected being shunned as outsiders by a society that only saw them fit to serve as “grist for the capitalist machine.” In 1890, they banded together and took their grievances to the streets by publishing and distributing the seminal Yiddish-language newspaper, Freie Arbeiter Stimme.
This enlightening documentary directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher is packed with vibrant, funny, and poignant conversations with Jewish labor firebrands like Sol Yanowsky, Joseph Cohen, and Ahrne Thorne, as well as fascinating behind-the-scenes footage of the elderly and engaging staff of the 87-year-old newspaper, Freie Arbeiter Stimme, which at the time of the documentary’s taping was producing its very last issue.
Special Guest: Anna Elena Torres, University of California, Berkeley; Journalist Yoni Kroll; Moderator Elliot Ratzman
Sponsors: National Museum of American Jewish History and Amy and Richard Oller