Synopsis by Perry Seibert
Kristi Jacobson's American Standoff gives the viewer a behind-the-scenes look at a modern labor strike. The tale of three Teamsters and how their lives are affected by the union's strike against Overnite Transportation make up the dramatic heart of this film, which was produced by acclaimed documentarian Barbara Kopple who has always shown a sharp eye for recording the day-to-day existence of working people (Harlan County, USA, American Dream). A comparison of former Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa and his son, the current Teamster leader, James P. Hoffa round out this film that was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
behind-the-scenes, labor-issues, labor-leader, meat-packing, stand-off, striker, teamster, truckdriver, union [labor union], union-dispute, worker, worker's-rights, working-class