(Remine, El Último Movimiento Obrero, Marcos Martinez, Spain 2014, 102 min., DCP, Spanish w/subtitles)
Labor Film Series | Rochester Premiere. In 2012, as global financial institutions harassed debt-ridden Spain, the government introduced crushing austerity measures, including a 63 percent reduction in subsidies to the coal industry. In northern Spain, a stronghold of militant trade unions, Asturian miners declared an unlimited strike, occupied mines, blockaded highways, fought police, and organized a mass protest march to Madrid, nearly 300 miles away. Across Spain and internationally, the miners’ traditional methods of struggle and organization won wide sympathy and admiration, culminating in a joyous demonstration of solidarity. Yet the future of Spanish coal mining remains in doubt.
“An impassioned front-line dispatch from the 2012 miners’ strike that broke out in Asturia in the far north of Spain, the film is as tense in its scenes of militant anti-police resistance as it is moving in its use of local songs.” – Filmmaker