The premier of Statehood was Sunday, but I have to admit that a movie called Statehood didn't sound all that exciting it would have meant a lot more driving back and forth. I'm glad it won the award, because it is a movie all Alaskans should see - and I hope a lot of school kids will see it over the years.
|Laurence Goldin and Joaqlin Estus Before Statehood|
It's easy for most people to get that when it happened 50 years ago, but when their own jobs are on the line today, it's easy to be frightened into supporting the corporations that are giving you a pittance on the dollar for your resources.
Ernest Gruening, Bob Bartlett, and to my surprise, Bob Atwood were the heroes of this movie. Atwood, a strong Statehood supporter, backed anti-corporation candidates to the territorial legislature in his newspaper, which set up a legislature that backed Statehood and led to the Constitutional Convention. It also reminded me it's time to reread Alaska history.
This was a surprisingly good film, mixing archival film and interviews with people who were there - Ted Stevens, Tom Stewar
Here's film maker Laurence Goldin introducing the film.