AN INJURY TO ONE
Film + Potluck
Friday, October 14 @ 7pm
55 Walker Street, New York
The fourth in a series of film screenings, dinners and discussions happening every Friday evening through December 17th at Decolonize This Place. This week Colloquium for Unpopular Culture and MTL+ present An Injury To One, an experimental documentary exploring the turn-of-century lynching of union organizer Frank Little in Butte, Montana.
An Injury To One provides a corrective—and absolutely compelling—glimpse of a particularly volatile moment in early 20th century American labor history: the rise and fall of Butte, Montana. Specifically, it chronicles the mysterious death of Wobbly organizer Frank Little, a story whose grisly details have taken on a legendary status in the state. Much of the extant evidence is inscribed upon the landscape of Butte and its surroundings. Thus, a connection is drawn between the unsolved murder of Little, and the attempted murder of the town itself.
Butte's history was entirely shaped by its exploitation by the Anaconda Mining Company, which, at the height of WWI, produced ten percent of the world's copper from the town's depths. War profiteering and the company's extreme indifference to the safety of its employees (mortality rates in the mines were higher than in the trenches of Europe) led to Little's arrival. "The agitator" found in the desperate, agonized miners overwhelming support for his ideas, which included the abolishment of the wage system and the establishment of a socialist commonwealth.