The Battle for Orgreave has become somewhat synonymous with the Miner's Strike in 1984, but as this powerful film and Channel 4's Coal Not Dole emphatically demonstrate, the war being waged by Thatcher's regime was a war against communities of courageous, proud, hard-working men and women, who instinctively knew that they were fighting not only for their livelihoods but to prevent the British state from destroying the working classes and the industries which had made Britain self-sufficient in all but exotic produce.
The film shows that Thatcher's undeclared war was being waged against disarmed yet fearless people, who could only be beaten by treachery and betrayal. The kind of people who knew that if they did not win the war of attrition with the tyrannical state, the rights and freedoms our ancestors fought and died for would be lost and the police would be militarised.
One of the most moving moments occurs when one of the striking miners, who was beaten to a pulp by mounted police with truncheons and then publicly goaded in the media with threats of a life sentence in prison, describes how he was sustained through his ordeal by the certain knowledge that his children would be proud of him for standing up for what was right.
Needless to say, the jumped-up charges of rioting against him and all the other miner's who were falsely charged were eventually dropped, but justice for the victims of the violence and brutality dished out by the police that day is still to be done, more than three decades later.
I therefore strongly urge everybody to see this film, give it five stars and write an impassioned review, demanding #JusticeForOrgreave.