Brothers On The Line
USA, 2012, 80 min, color and black & white
As tenacious founder and popular leader of the United Auto Workers from 1946 to 1970, Walter Reuther was a key figure in the American labor and social movements of the day. With his brothers Roy and Victor, Reuther built a family dynasty that championed civil rights and worked tirelessly to empower the American worker—virtually creating the middle class as it was known. The struggle wasn’t without risks: two of the brothers survived assassination attempts. Victor’s grandson Sasha Reuther is a New York-based filmmaker who deftly balances familial bonds with documentary rigor. Martin Sheen’s narration lends the film gravitas and urgency. With UAW membership down to about 355,000 from its 1979 peak of 1.5 million workers and the 99 percent becoming vocal once again, Brothers on the Line is a story whose time has clearly come.
Best Michigan Documentary, 2012, Uptown Film Festival
Screening @ Filmfest DC
Tuesday April 17, 6:30 pm
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
555 11th St. NW, Washington DC