2018-2019 Labor Film Series: 'Still the Enemy Within' | Wis.Community


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Still the Enemy Within offers unique insight into one of history’s most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike. No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through Britain’s longest strike. Follow the highs and lows of that life-changing year. In 1984, a conservative government under Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher declared war on Britain’s unions, taking on the strongest in the country, the National Union of Mineworkers. Following a secret plan, the government began announcing the closure of coal mines, threatening not just an industry but whole communities and a way of life. Against all the forces the government could throw at them, 160,000 coal
miners took up the fight and became part of a battle that would change the course of history. Still the Enemy Within, a feature-length documentary directed by Owen Gower and produced by Gower, Sinead Kirwan, and Mark Lacey, tells the story of a group of miners and supporters who were on the frontline of the strike for an entire year. These were people that
Margaret Thatcher labeled ‘the Enemy Within’. Many of them have never spoken on camera before. Using interviews and a wealth of rare and never before seen archival footage, Still the Enemy Within draws together personal experiences – whether they’re tragic, funny or terrifying – to take the audience on an emotionally powerful journey through the dramatic
events of that year.

Sponsored by United Faculty and Academic Staff of UW-Eau Claire, AFT Local 6481; The UW-Eau Claire Departments of English and Sociology and UW-Eau Claire Students Organizing for Community Action. All screenings will take place Wednesday evenings in Woodland Theater on the Campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Starting at 7:30 pm.

Admission is free of charge. Discussion will follow screenings.

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May 8 2019 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Woodland Theater, Davies Center