A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas)

A film by Anne Lewis

This film was screened as a part of the 2018 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF21)

With director Anne Lewis in attendance

This feature was preceded by the short film Atmahaú Pakmát as part of the Hecho en Tejas Film Showcase 2


A Strike and an Uprising


USA, Documentary, 2018
66 min, Color/Black & White
English with Spanish subtitles

In 1938, Emma Tenayuca led ten thousand San Antonio pecan shellers in a massive walk out. While the pecan shellers’ strike is recognized by many as the birth of the Chicano movement, it is shrouded in myth and denial about its iconic communist leader. In 1987, workers organized a march of 3,000 through the streets of Nacogdoches — a largely unknown epiphany for black women in Texas. A STRIKE AND AN UPRISING (IN TEXAS) explores both events, using the methods of oral history including myth and humor, and relates these stories strongly to contemporary ideas and events including the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue at UT Austin. The resulting experimental documentary recovers stories of working people in Texas and demonstrates the power of labor and liberation.

World Premiere


Anne LewisAnne Lewis, Associate Director of HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A. lives in Austin, Texas. She worked mostly in Appalachian Kentucky where she made FAST FOOD WOMEN (Judges Choice, London Film Festival), ON OUR OWN LAND (DuPont-Columbia); JUSTICE IN THE COALFIELDS (INTERCOM gold); MORRISTOWN: IN THE AIR AND SUN (Ambulante) and ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT. Anne teaches film editing at UT Austin and serves on the executive board of TSEU-CWA 6186. A STRIKE AND AN UPRISING (IN TEXAS) is her first Texas feature.



Producer: Anne Lewis
Production Companies: Anne Lewis Productions
Screenwriter: Anne Lewis
Cinematographer: Lee Daniel
Editor: Anne Lewis
Sound Design: Anne Lewis, Tom Hammond
Music: Dominique Preyer
Voice Over Artist: Amparo Garcia-Crow

Print Source: Anne Lewis,