Today’s students face the same problem the Luddites did: a workforce where new technologies can, overnight, make old skills obsolete. Made in the style of a documentary, this fascinating dramatization interprets what happened in early 19th-century England when the Luddites violently resisted the introduction of new machines into the woolen industry. The camera follows the key events in the rebellion, while the narrator interviews mill owners, magistrates, out-of-work laborers, the machine operators, and economists (who dismiss the protestors as a necessary sacrifice to progress). Now a term of denigration, “Luddites” are depicted here not as opponents of change, but as opponents of change that would destroy people’s lives.
Films for the Humanities and Sciences
7 and up