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Spanish film on WV people to have US premiere

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On Saturday, May 12th, 2007, at 7 PM The West Virginia Labor History Association in cooperation with The South Charleston Museum will present the Appalachian premiere of Shawn Bennett’s new film about one of the most important labor struggles of recent history, The Ravenswood Aluminum Lockout in 1992 in Ravenswood, Jackson County, West Virginia, “The Battle of Local 5668.” Mr. Bennett will introduce his film and answer questions. Following a break, Luis Argeo from Madrid, Spain will introduce his new documentary on Spanish coal miners and zinc workers who emigrated from the northern Spanish province of Asturias to Harrison County, West Virginia in the early days of the 20thcentury, “AsturianUS.”Mayor Richie Robb, the long-time mayor of South Charleston, will present keys to the city of
South Charlestonto both visiting filmmakers, Shawn Bennett and Luis Argeo. He has presented keys to only a few other WV-related filmmakers since the WV Film Series began in July 2004.

Luis Argeo is a Spanish filmmaker who had been working in
Madrid and elsewhere in the film business. This is his first film as director and producer. He was born and raised in the Asturias province of northern
Spain. The film had its world premiere at The Gijon International Film Festival on November 26, 2006. It will also be shown at the Documenta Madrid in May 2007. This showing will be the
U.S. premiere.
Description written by Mr. Argeo – The town of Arnao (Asturias, northern
Spain) grew under the wing of the Royal Mining Company. After the closure of its mine and the limitations of its factory at the beginning of the 20th century, many of its employees
emigrated to similar factories located far from the sea, at the foot of the mountains of
West Virginia. Several new towns were created: Spelter and Anmoore. 90% of the towns’ population was from Asturias,
Spain.
WVPBS broadcast a story on the making of this film. You can view it at – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Luis+Argeo&search=Search
Admission to the event is $4.00. TheSouth Charleston
Museumis located in the LaBelle Theatre,

311 D Street, South Charleston, WV

. For more information, please contact the museum by telephoning 304.744.9711, e-mail scmuseum@yahoo.com, or visit http://www.geocities.com/scmuseum/WV_Film_Series.html END # South Charleston Museum
At the Historic LaBelle Theatre
311 D Street
South Charleston, West Virginia 25303
United States of America
Tel. 304.744.9711
Fax.304.720.3769

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