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An Injury to One

Travis Wilkerson (U.S., 2002) , 53 minutes, 16mm

Thursday, January 1, 1970, 12:00 am, $5

Travis Wilkerson’s most recent experimental documentary addresses the  Butte, Montana, lynching of Wobbly organizer Frank Little.  Wilkerson’s earlier Accelerated Development used the radical style of  Santiago Alvarez to explore Cuban history; here he delves into the  history of Montana as a story of modern capitalism. He analyzes  Anaconda, the notoriously predatory copper mining company, detailing turn-of-the-century union organizing directed at its labor practices  and modern day environmental blight resulting from its policies. Both a lament and a call for action, An Injury to One is a work of historical inquiry, a portrait of a town, a person, and a company, and an example of a contextual study in which the parts reverberate with intelligence and complexity. Traversing between past and present, culture and politics, bringing together archival documents and images of present-day Butte, miners’ songs and Little’s speeches, Wilkerson literally reframes within the image. This is both a stylistic device and a metaphor for challenging official histories with alternative perspectives.

– Kathy Geritz, Associate Film Curator, The Pacific Film Archive

Preceded by: World’s Fair World (dir. Bryan Boyce 2002, 9min)

“There’s nothing funny about the tools of capitalism.” Agree or Disagree? In World’s Fair World, Bryan Boyce subjects a Westinghouse-sponsored TV movie to his own patented brand of narrative deconstruction and evisceration. 

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