[sixties-l] New Movie on SDS

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Date: 09/23/00

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    FILM REVIEW: 'Rebels' documentary dispels myths of tumultuous sixties
    Updated 12:00 PM ET September 22, 2000
    By Leslie Boxer
    Michigan Daily
    U. Michigan
    (U-WIRE) ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- "Rebels With a Cause" is a documentary that
    chronicles the emotional and political history of the '60s. It is a film
    that focuses on those who were at the heart of the civil rights movement and
    the protests against the Vietnam War - the students. The Students for a
    Democratic Society (SDS) was a group out for social justice and change that
    was initiated on college campuses nation wide. The group was well known for
    its involvement in the anti-war movement yet was also instrumental in
    voicing the opinions of students for over a decade on a wide variety of
    The producer/director of the film, Helen Garvey, said the film is important
    because "the history of the time period has been distorted by the media and
    that distortion is destructive. Everyone believes the myth that the press
    puts out there that the '60s was a time of just sex, drugs, and rock and
    roll. The reason to make a film like this is to take back our history and
    tell the true story." This is precisely what is so wonderful about "Rebels,"
    it is a narrative by those who lived through the time period and who were
    integral members of the SDS telling their own stories in their own words.
    Interestingly, the SDS and the student movement in general have an intimate
    connection with Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. SDS essentially
    started here, in Ann Arbor, under the leadership of Alan Haber. In 1959,
    Haber was hired to work for the Student League for Industrial Democracy, a
    relatively inactive organization that was founded in 1905 by Jack London and
    Upton Sinclair. Under Haber's leadership, the Student League was transformed
    into the SDS and adopted his more activist politics.
    The organization, which started by simply appealing to people on a
    person-to-person level, grew out of Haber's networking with other campuses.
    He recruited campus leaders and slowly the organization expanded. When the
    students began questioning the government's motives behind the involvement
    in Vietnam, the organization grew to sponsor a 25,000 person March on
    Washington in 1965.
    In addition to chronicling the events of the '60s Garvey feels that her film
    offers an important explanation of a time period that is very much alive
    today. She sees similar concerns and questions being raised today as was
    seen decades ago.
    "The '60s is with us in a lot of ways," Garvey said, "the social
    ramifications of the civil rights movement and women's movement have changed
    the world. People are being influenced in their daily lives by issues from
    the '60s and they are curious as to the history behind these events."
    Moreover, Garvey believes that the same frustrations and desires to improve
    economic and social conditions that existed in the '60s are still very much
    alive today. She hopes that students as well as adults in their 30s and 40s
    will see the film and allow it to empower them to ask questions and
    understand the rich history of this tumultuous time period.
    (C) 2000 Michigan Daily via U-WIRE

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