One of the most powerful, superbly crafted and engaging political cinematic essays in recent years, and given added relevance with the country's Occupy Wall Street protests, Travis Wilkerson's "An Injury to One" was released on DVD yesterday by Icarus Films, and it's a must-see film for the politically engaged cinephile. (See an excerpt below.)
Even the right-leaning New York Sun wrote during the film's initial release in 2003, "Passionate, persuasive, and beautifully designed, 'An Injury to One' is a model of coherent political filmmaking as convincing in its liberalism as its formalism."
From Icarus Films's press release: "The film provides a corrective - and absolutely compelling - glimpse of a particularly volatile moment in early 20th century American labor history. Beautifully constructed, Wilkerson combines archival footage, contemporary shots of the Montana landscape, and instrumental music to chronicle the mysterious death of labor organizer Frank Little, a murder whose grisly details have taken on a legendary status. As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to grow, drawing attention to the devastating consequences of corporate greed, and raising issues close to the heart of organized labor; 'An Injury to One" seems more relevant than ever."