The Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists dramatically portrays immigrant life in the United States as seen through the eyes of the sweatshop workers who made up the Jewish anarchist movement. This movement was dedicated to freedom: freedom for the individual, freedom from the Church, the State, and economic exploitation; and it reached its greatest influence between 1880 and World War I.

Through interviews with actual participants in the Jewish anarchist movement, the film documents their contributions to the fledging US labor movement and developing Yiddish culture. Also featured are stills, newsreel footage, selections from old motion pictures, and Yiddish songs of work and struggle.


"The Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists... is a wonderful evocation of the radical political past and what has become of its activists in their old age.... They have aged gracefully, with their sentiments unchanged, but with their world different in ways they would never have dreamed of years ago...."
- Richard F. Shepard, The New York Times

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The Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists

USA, 1980, 60 minutes, color/B&W
Directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher

Public Exhibition 16mm Rental available





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