Re: [sixties-l] student activist videos

From: doug norberg (
Date: Sat Aug 05 2000 - 01:36:31 CUT

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    I just sent your request to Helen Garvy and Bob Pardun, who just completed the
    documentary on SDS, "Rebels with a Cause." Also, there are "The Sixties,"
    "Berkeley in the Sixties" and "The War at Home," which cover a lot of territory
    but all, I believe, show some signs of "mainstreaming" the lessons. An earlier
    film, by Emil deAntonio, "Underground," which was about the Weather
    Underground, is a very direct documentary from the WU while it existed. Also,
    the 4-part series "Chicano!" devotes one part (an hour) to the Chicano/a
    student movement of the sixties, and does so quite well. The Collision Course
    video, "Viva la Causa, 500 Years of Chicano History," includes that history,
    though much more quickly. The old Newsreel film "Columbia," details in a short
    video the student strike of 1968, and their "On Strike!" covers the nearly
    year-long strike at San Francisco State. One section of "Eyes on the Prize"
    is devoted to the Black student movement that was focussed on the sit-in
    movement in Greensboro, North Carolina, that led to the shaping of the civil
    rights movement. There were more than one film on Kent State but I'm not
    familiar with those. Finally, and still showing on PBS (tonight in San
    Francisco) is

                     "1968: The Year That Shaped a Generation" (the PBS blurb on
    this follows):

                      It is often described as "the year that changed the world" -
    the year of the Tet
                      Offensive in Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther
    King Jr. and Robert
                      Kennedy, the "police riot" at the Democratic National
    Convention in Chicago, a
                      near-revolution in France and the Soviet invasion of
    Czechoslovakia. The year
                      was 1968, a period when events happened so quickly and with
    such intensity
                      that people were left almost breathless, alternating between
    euphoria and
                      despair. Governments fell. Societies changed. An earthquake
    of protest and
                      rebellion rocked the established order - and the world is
    still living with the

                      1968: The Year That Shaped a Generation revisits the major
    events of that
                      critical year. It examines the turbulent political and social
    landscapes of 1968
                      by combining dramatic archival footage with interviews of
    many key
                      witnesses of the year's most pivotal events. The interviews
                      perspectives from Walter Cronkite, Reverend Jesse Jackson,
    Senator Tom
                      Hayden, Nixon speech writer Pat Buchanan, Memphis civil
    rights activist
                      Reverend Samuel Kyles, novelist/diplomat Carlos Fuentes,
                      Barbara Ehrenreich, Robert Kennedy's press secretary Frank
                      1968 Olympics boycott leader Harry Edwards, reporter Jules
    Witcover, Judge
                      Robert Bork and many others.

                      1968 marked the crest of student protest with the riots at
    San Francisco State
                      University and the Columbia University strike. It was the
    year when the
                      youthful hope and optimism of the '60s began to turn toward
    rage and
                      violence. The riots that followed the murder of Martin Luther
    King Jr. also
                      seemed to extinguish the last best hope for improved race
    relations in America.
                      While segregationist George Wallace campaigned for president,
    the Black
                      Panthers began arming themselves in California and defiant
    black athletes
                      raised clenched fists at the Olympics in Mexico City.
    President Lyndon
                      Johnson decided not to run for re-election; in the White
    House, Richard Nixon
                      oversaw the escalation of the bombing of Vietnam. Police
    crushed a student
                      insurrection in Paris and massacred students in Mexico City.
    The Soviet Union
                      smashed the peaceful reform movement known as Prague Spring.
                      success followed some of these calamities. The antiwar
    movement continued
                      to grow and eventually compelled Congress to cut funding for
    the war.
                      France's antiquated educational system was transformed.
    Dissident playwright
                      Vaclav Havel endured to see the end of the Cold War and
    become president of
                      an independent, democratic Czech Republic.

                      Now 30 years later, on the eve of a new century, viewers have
    a chance to
                      look back at a phenomenal, incandescent year and reflect on
    what it meant for
                      the United States and the world. How did the sixties youth
    rebellion and
                      counterculture transform society, for better and for worse?
    What are the
                      legacies of the century's largest antiwar movement, the civil
    rights movement
                      and the women's movement, which began to emerge in 1968? By
    focusing on
                      this watershed year, 1968: The Year That Shaped a Generation
    evokes the high
                      spirits and profound shocks that fundamentally altered
    American society and
                      its political system. The program also offers a variety of
    perspectives and
                      provides the critical distance necessary to assess the damage
    and the triumphs.

                      1968: The Year That Shaped a Generation represents the PBS
    tradition of
                      presenting in-depth documentaries that elucidate America's

                      Underwriters: Public Television Viewers and PBS. Producer:
    Oregon Public
                      Broadcasting. Executive producer: David Davis. Executive in
    charge of
                      production: John Lindsay. Producer/director/writer: Steve
                      Editor/photographer: Wendy Revak. Associate producer: Mark
    Dorgan. Music:
                      Cal Scott. Sound: Lori Gmez.

                      Format: CC Stereo

    Best wishes, and good luck!

    Doug Norberg

    Aaron Kreider wrote:

    > I'm helping to organize a progressive film-festival at Notre Dame, and
    > would like to show a film or documentary portraying student activism in the
    > sixties (or more recently - though I suspect most of the films would be
    > from the sixties). Did anyone ever do a good documentary of SDS? Or of
    > Kent State? Any other suggestions?
    > Peace,
    > Aaron

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