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With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade

With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade is a 1979 documentary film directed by Lorraine Gray about the General Motors sit-down strike in 1936–1937 that focuses uniquely on the role of women using archival footage and interviews. It provides an inside look at women's roles in the strike. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1][2]

With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade
Directed byLorraine Gray
Produced byAnne Bohlen
Lyn Goldfarb
Lorraine Gray
Music bySteve Gray
Distributed byNew Day Films
Release date
  • 1979 (1979)
Running time
45 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The film was one of the first to put together archival footage with contemporary interviews of participants and helped spur a series of films on left and labor history in the US utilizing this technique. The film was also important in helping bring into view the history of American women being active in the public sphere, particularly in union and labor actions. The film was, further, ground breaking because it was produced and directed by women.

Principal castEdit

  • Genora Johnson Dollinger
  • Dellah Parrish
  • Nellie Besson Hendrix
  • Mary Handa
  • Babe Gelles
  • Helen Hauer
  • Liliian Hatcher
  • Laura Hayward
  • Teeter Walker[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The 51st Academy Awards (1979) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  2. ^ "NY Times: With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade". NY Times. Retrieved November 16, 2008.
  3. ^ Crowdus, Gary (1978). "with babies and banners by Anne Bohlen, Lyn Goldfarb and Lorraine Gray". Cinéaste. 9 (1): 43–45. JSTOR 42683277.

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