The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Culture Corner:
Violent Borders and The Last Repair Shop

Feb 12, 2024

Book: Violent Borders by Reece Jones, 2016

This book eloquently describes the horrifying and haunting crisis of the world’s population as they risk even death to seek to escape from war, climate catastrophe, and crippling poverty. The author shares the stories of these harrowing flights on a personal level, describing how the situation worsens each year. Their plight is the plight of workers everywhere.

Film: The Last Repair Shop, streaming on YouTube and many other services, 2023

This beautiful film is nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Documentary of 2024. In a period where music and art programs are everywhere being cut, this film celebrates four unsung heroes who tirelessly repair musical instruments for students in L.A. public schools. It explores their background stories, representative of migrant struggles everywhere, and the stories of the students impacted by the gift of access to music and creativity. The film culminates in a full orchestra performance by the musicians, young and old, who have benefited from the L.A. public school music program.