Filmmaker Rob Nilsson will present a special screening of this newly restored trio of documentaries co-directed with John Hanson. Thematically related to their 1978 dramatic feature Northern Lights (winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes), the three documentaries revolve around North Dakota labor history and subject Henry Martinson, then 97 years old and a lifetime labor organizer and Socialist activist. Prairie Fire focuses on the formation of the Nonpartisan League in 1916. In Rebel Earth, Martinson accompanies a young North Dakota farmer searching for the sites of his past. In Survivor, completed shortly before Martinson’s death, this extraordinary man of the people shares his memories and experiences. These films find hope for the future by excavating a radical past. Directors: John Hanson, Rob Nilsson. (US 1977-80) 120 minutes plus discussion.
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