Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

STRUGGLES IN STEEL

Year: 1996
Country: United States
Run Time: 85 minutes

STRUGGLES IN STEEL

"The mills were hot and dirty, but they had the best-paying jobs a black man could get." This blue-collar oral history suggests that much of the Civil Rights movement was forged and tempered in the steel valleys of Pittsburgh and Youngstown, where many ex-slaves and their children found employment. Initially trucked in to break strikes, pump up the War Effort or do the "man-killing" work that whites didn't want, African-Americans spent decades building the nation's industrial might, yet found themselves barred from management positions ("If I could change color I could have been foreman here") or fair wages; by the time these prizes were won, domestic steel itself had lost out to recession and foreign competition. Vital, heartrending, gossipy and long, long overdue, STRUGGLES IN STEEL is a tribute to these men (and women) of iron.

- Charles Cassady

Directors
Tony Buba, Ray Henderson

Producer
Tony Buba, Ray Henderson, for the independent Television Service (ITVS) with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Cinematography
John Rice, Billy Jackson, John

Editing
Tom Dubensky, Tony Buba

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