The Big Meeting ★★★★

It’s obvious to even the most uninterested observer that British politics is in a bit of a state at the moment. Wherever you sit on the political spectrum, it’s clear that this is a country in the midst of a period of division.

With that in mind, now seems like an interesting time for The Big Meeting – a documentary about the annual Durham Miners’ Gala, which is one of the largest trade union gatherings in the UK.

This film was always going to resonate within left-wing political circles, and in the part of the country in which it is set, but its true significance is in how universal its emotional impact proves to be. It’s a hymn to solidarity and a reminder that it would be a tragedy to forget a part of our heritage which would otherwise risk fading away.

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