A Private War
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This is timely, important and truthful cinema, at once bitter, nostalgic and unexpectedly uplifting.
Powerful first-hand testimony from British miners on how their defeat led inevitably to the rise of the one percent. From Thatcher to Reagan, we are still paying the price.
Director Owen Gower mixes plentiful archive footage with contemporary interviews to cut through the media rhetoric about rioting pickets and paint an altogether more alarming portrait of a carefully orchestrated state crackdown.
Packed with brilliant archive footage, Still The Enemy Within will send blood pressures rising again. But it doesn't really address ( ... ) why anyone today would still want to be working like a mole in such dangerous conditions.
Should be compulsory viewing not only for school students learning about British history, but also for anyone who has even a remote interest in the relatively recent events that are still shaping this country today.
Like a companion piece to the feel-good drama Pride, his documentary was designed to explore the untold story of the 1984 British miners' strike.
"History is written by the victors," said Winston Churchill famously, but Still The Enemy Within shows you can lose big and still emerge with a voice.
Gower's film is a heartfelt tribute to the communities who were hammered by political, not economic, forces. They look bloodied, but unbowed.
A tough, hard-hitting and honest telling by the people involved.
The depth of focus and feeling in the miners' testimonials conveys a vivid picture of living through the strike, with Gower finding enough facets to sustain a stirring tribute to solidarity and a vital oral history of social protest.
A thorough account of the 1984-5 UK miners' strike from those who were on the picket-lines.
As the miners say, "We lost. But we were right." They were, and Still the Enemy Within elegantly and straightforwardly makes their case.
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