Auckland Libraries: Documentary: The Hammer and the Anvil

The Hammer and the Anvil

Saturday 23 November 2pm to 3pm Free

'The Hammer and the Anvil' is brought to Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku by Auckland Libraries in association with the exhibition 'Stepping back into the shed: Westfield Freezing Works 1916 - 1989'.

Photograph of freezing workers union holding banner and marching.
Unknown photographer. Peaceful protest at Otahuhu, 1981. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, Footprints 02795.
Produced and directed by Merata Mita and Gerd Pohlmann in 1980, 'The Hammer and the Anvil' is a documentary history of the New Zealand trade union movement told through the lives of workers. Warmth and defiance are conveyed in the songs of coal-miners, wharfies and labourers which punctuate the soundtrack. The film depicts the decline of inner-city working-class communities of Herne Bay and Freemans Bay, and includes footage of the Māngere Bridge strike. This documentary is 57 minutes, preceded by a short trailer from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.
Photograph of freezing workers union holding banner and marching.
Unknown photographer. Peaceful protest at Otahuhu, 1981. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, Footprints 02795.

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