Film Series: Work, Struggle, and Emancipation - "Matewan"
Thursday, March 7, 2019
[1987, 142 MINUTES, PG-13]
The prints of Jacob Lawrence displayed in the new exhibition History, Labor, Life, offer compelling imagery of historical struggles for freedom as well as snapshots of everyday life for blue-collar Americans. For this new film series, we take inspiration from the artist and present four films that bring into focus the issues faced by working-class people seeking to live the American dream.
Written and directed by John Sayles (Lone Star), Matewan tells the true story of a 1920s coal miners’ strike that turned violent in the West Virginia town of Matewan. Starring Chris Cooper in his film debut and James Earl Jones – whose performance “practically glows in the dark” (Variety) – Matewan offers stirring storytelling with themes that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago.
Space is limited and advanced registration is recommended.
Norma Rae - January 3
A Better Life - February 7
Matewan - March 7
The Grapes of Wrath - April 4
Purchase tickets by hitting the REGISTER button, visiting the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182.