Labor documentary makes Detroit debut at Wayne Law


 “Brothers on the Line,” an award-winning labor movement documentary about the Reuther brothers – Walter, Roy and Victor – had its Detroit debut Thursday, Oct. 16, at Wayne State University Law School.

The evening included a reception, screening of the 80-minute film and a panel discussion. The event was presented by Wayne Law and Labor@Wayne and sponsored by HAP.

The documentary explores the journey of the Reuther brothers, whose 40-year social justice movement under the banner of the United Auto Workers transformed the landscape of the nation. Behind the dramatic headlines of picket line conflict, assassination attempts, heated Senate hearings, and inter-union power struggles, lies a stirring personal story of determination, sacrifice, triumph, and tragedy. 

Directed by Victor’s grandson, Sasha Reuther, and narrated by actor Martin Sheen, the film is an in-depth study of the family’s rise from auto plant organizers in 1930s-era Detroit to international leaders in collective bargaining, civil rights and worker solidarity. 

The movie features rare archival footage and first-hand accounts from a spectrum of labor, management, social activist and political leaders, including one of the last interviews with U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy.


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