On the 40th anniversary of its original release, “Norma Rae” still delivers a powerful message on behalf of the labor movement. Come see the picture that won Sally Field an Academy Award for the title role and is now part of the Ciné-Club film screening series at the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
Norma Rae (Field) is a single mom and the latest in a long line of family members to work at a local textile mill in North Carolina. Galvanized by labor activist (Ron Liebman), Norma Rae leads a gutsy union drive for better working conditions, although her campaign leads to tensions with her employers as well as her fiancé, Sonny (Beau Bridges).
Ciné-Club focuses on films edited by Guild members. “Norma Rae” was edited by Sidney Levin. All of this year's films were chosen because they feature labor unions as their subjects or as important story elements. Our inaugural film in this new series was director Hal Ashby's 1976 "Bound for Glory," staring David Carradine as the legendary folk singer and Dust Bowl activist Woody Guthrie.
The “Norma Rae” screening will include a special introduction and discussion by Catherine Repola, National Executive Director of Local 700, and Picture Editor Sidney Levin, ACE.
Invitation is for the member and one guest.