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2015 Global Labor Film Festival

Saturday, May 9 at 5:00 pm

As part of the 2015 Global Labor Film Festival, the Bare Historical Society presents a double feature with two biographical documentaries: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin and Fasanella (award winning documentary about American labor artist Ralph Fasanella). Admission is free. 

  Brother Outsider  is an award-winning documentary about the life and work of Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Bayard Rustin—first shown in 2003 (running time 1 hour 23 minutes). Bayard Rustin has been called the “unknown hero” of the Civil Rights Movement. A visionary strategist and activist, Rustin was a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington. He also dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

Brother Outsider has received more than 25 awards and honors and has been shown at the United Nations, the Kennedy Center, and at hundreds of schools, community forums, labor gatherings, faith organizations, and film festivals.


  Fasanella is another award-winning documentary, narrated by Julian Bond, about American labor artist Ralph Fasanella—first shown in 1992 (running time 22 minutes) Fasanella is often recalled as the workers’ Grandma moses. Last year was the centenary of Fasanella’s birth.  Below one of Fasanella’s series of paintings depicting the Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912.

Ralph Fasanella was a selftaught artist whose colorful paintings celebrated urban working people and tackled complex issues of postwar America. Born and raised in workingclass
neighborhoods of New York, Fasanella became a tireless advocate for workers’ rights, first as a union organizer and later as a painter.

“Fasanella” was co-produced by union organizer Ron Carver and Glen Pearcy. In 1986, Carver founded Public Domain to acquire Fasanella works so that they could be displayed in public rather than in private collections. Carver was inspired by Fasanella’s statement, “I didn’t paint my paintings to hang in some rich guy’s living room.”

Fasanella's painting of the Lawrence textile strike
“The Great Strike – IWW Textile Strike” (1978)