NEW YORK – The 2017 Workers Unite! Film Festival announced its awards and Ludlow, Greek Americans in the Colorado Coal War, Directed by Leonidas Vardaros was once more selected.
Here are some excerpts from the announcement letter:
“Congratulations! We are pleased to tell you that your film, “Ludlow, Greek Americans in the Colorado Coal War”, has won the Special Jury Award for the 2017 Workers Unite Film Festival.
… thanks so much for your submission. It was an absolute delight to have your film screened as part of the festival and we look forward to seeing future work from you.”
The non-profit company “Apostolis Berdebes,” producer of documentaries on the history of Greeks in America, produced this remarkable film. Ludlow tells the story of Greek immigrants who found themselves in distant Colorado working for many years under inhuman conditions of semi-slavery.
They eventually united with thousands of other immigrant miners and took part in a long strike that started peacefully in 1913 and developed into an armed confrontation in April 1914, after the Ludlow Massacre and the murder of the Greek leader, Louis Tikas.
The film has received awards at all the documentary festivals in Greece and has been embraced by the public of Greece and of the Greek Diaspora. The film has been shown in Zurich, Munich, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, and Australia.