1 May : Working class hero is something to be

The first time any motion picture was captured and a small film was made, the subject was “workers”. It was in 1895 when a 46-second-long, black-and-white, silent documentary, a single scene in which workers leave the factory.

Just remembering this landmark in the history of Cinema today because its Labour Day or International Worker’s day.

Labour Day has its origins in the Labour Union Movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike.

The first May Day celebration in India was organised in Madras (now Chennai) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on 1 May 1923. This was also the first time the red flag was used in India.

It is a Good occasion to understand the story of Labour class from different perspective. I am bringing to you a legendary Singer-Songwriter and Legendary Actor-Filmmaker.

Remember this classic from John Lennon. This song written back in 70s, is relevant to society even today. Watch the video and read the lyrics, the writing transcends time.

Working class hero is something to be 

Lyrics
As soon as you’re born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool
Till you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty-odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
There’s room at the top they’re telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
If you want to be a hero well just follow me
If you want to be a hero well just follow me

Last but not the least, the Working Class has also been explored by the Legend Charlie Chaplin in Modern times, a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. It is a satire on the struggling working class.

Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world.