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Episode Details

series: From Wharf Rats To The Lord Of The Docks: The Life

air date: 6/09/13 2:30 AM

Directed by Academy Award winning director and cinematographer Haskell Wexler, this is the film of a truly unique event - Ian Ruskin performing his one-man play to a packed house of 1000 longshore workers in San Pedro, California. The result, with appearances by Elliott Gould, Edward Asner and members of ILWU Local 13, and with music by Jackson Browne, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Tim Reynolds, Ciro Hurtado, and others (including the world premiere of Woody Guthrie's song about Harry, sung by his granddaughter Sarah Lee Guthrie) is an inspiring story. It is an intimate exploration of the life and times of this extraordinary man - "a hero or the devil incarnate, it all depends on your point of view" - full of the high drama and biting humor that ran through his life. And it is a springboard into understanding the parallel issues - globalization, global responsibilities, wars on terrorism, surveillance and privacy, and the widening gap between rich and poor that we face today.

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