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The Newsreel Collection

The Newsreel collective produced some of the most riveting activist documentaries ever made in the United States. These films provide unique looks at the anti-Vietnam War, student, Black, Latino/a and Women's Rights Movements in the late 60s and early 70s. "The Newsreel is a radical news service whose purpose is to provide an alternative to the limited and biased coverage of television news. The news that we feel is significant - any event that suggests the changes and redefinitions taking place in American today, or that underlines the necessity for such changes - has been consistently undermined and suppressed by the media. Films made by the Newsreel are not seen once and forgotten." --The Newsreel Collective

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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 30 min., BW, US
Against the background of the escalation of the war in Vietnam, AMERICA documents the development of the anti-war movement on the home front. Conversations with Vietnam veterans, young teenagers, and African American militants contextualizes footage that graphically depicts the heightened incidents of mass protest and police repression.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 18 min., BW, US/Vietnam
Shot in 1969, this film documents the building anger of draftees in the U.S.military, and the growth of the anti-war movement within the military. Soldiers are interviewed and seen as they face brutalizing treatment and indoctrination in bootcamp, military training that made the war atrocities of the Vietnamese War all too possible as "just following orders". The film blasts the U.S. presence and forsees its future in Vietnam, while comparing the South and North Vietnamese armies and their reasons for fighting.
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San Francisco Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 15 min., BW, US
A compelling document of the Black Panther Party leadership in 1967. This film contains a prison interview with Minister of Defense Huey P. Newton as well as an interview with Minister of Information Eldridge Cleaver, footage of the aftermath of the police assault against the Los Angeles Chapter headquarters, demonstrations to free Huey at Hutton Memorial Park and the Alameda County Court House and a recitation of the party's Ten-Point Platform by co-founder Bobby Seale. One of Newsreel's most widely distributed films, it was originally released as "Off the Pig.
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San Francisco Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 15 min., BW, US
At the time of this moving prison interview, Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale had faced a series of charges of conspiracy in connection with his involvement in the Black Liberation and Anti-war movements. Here he talks about his treatment as a political prisoner and his involvement in the Black Liberatin and anti-war movements. Here he talks about his treatment as a political prisoner and his views of these movements.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 18 min., BW, US
A profile of a grassroots anti-war group in Boston, this short film documents some of the tactics and activities used by draft resistance groups across the country during the Vietnam War. Using the law to keep young men out of the war, this group helped over 150 people each week escape service and educate themselves and their communities about alternatives to combat.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 42 min., BW, US
This film captures the militant antecedents to today's housing reclamation movement in New York City. In 1970, several hundred Puerto Rican and Dominican families reclaimed housing left vacant by the city. They pulled the boards off the doors, cleaned and repaired the buildings and moved in.
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Newsreel
Producer: NEWSREEL
1968, 12 min., BW, US
More than 20,000 Latino families were displaced to make way for Lincoln Center, home to the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Symphony. This film examines the patrons of art" complex (corporations and wealthy families) and the culture displayed there. Juxtaposing the atmosphere of Lincoln Center with the vibrant street culture of a displaced neighborhood, the film correctly predicts the process by which the West Side was to be turned into a high-rent area for the upper middle class.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 17 min., BW, US
Using footage taken in the midst of demonstrations during the Democratic National Convention of 1968, this film conveys the immediacy of anti-war organizing in meeting rooms, at rallies and in the streets. It is a valuable historical portrait of events that culminated in police riots against the protesters.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 50 min., BW, US
In April 1968, black and white students rebelled against the university administration, occupying five buildings, including the president's office in one of the first campus revolts of the Civil Rights/Vietnam War era. The revolt began as a protest against university expansion into neighboring communities and its role as a slum lord. After five days of student control, the administrators and trustees ordered the police to clear the buildings. What resulted was an unprecedented display of brutality and repression. Narrated by one of the student rebels, the detailed eyewitness account of this event galvanized other campus revolts around the country.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 50 min., BW, US
This film documents one of the most important struggles for education in the sixties. In 1968, under intensive community pressure from Black and Latino communities, the State of New York chose three New York City school districts to become part of an experiment in community-run education. In Ocean Hill-Brownsville, the community board requested the reassignment of several teachers perceived as racists. The request brought the wrath of the United Federation of Teachers, city and state bureaucracies, and ultimately a citywide teacher's strike.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 10 min., BW, US
During a prolonged garbage collector's strike in New York City, a group of youths from the Lower East Side of Manhattan decide to use the situation to make a political statement. They collect garbage from the streets of their community and deposit piles of it on the grounds of Lincoln Center, "The Establishment's" cultural showcase.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 8 min., BW, US
In January 1968, 10,000 women led a peaceful, march on Washington in protest against the Vietnam War. This film documents the march and raises questions about the forms of protest engaged by women and the role of women in the anti-war.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1970, 11 min., BW, US
When a city-run health clinic in the South Bronx fails to meet the needs of the city, local residents and health workers force a strike and then run the clinic themselves.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1970, 5 min., BW, US
As a young couple make out in a car, we hear the woman's stream of consciousness thoughts. She worries about her reputation and whether he'll try to "go all the way." This film is best used with discussions and/or materials about date rape.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 15 min., BW, US
This film documents a rally in San Francisco sponsored by the Black Panther Party. Kathleen Cleaver, Bobby Seale, and other speakers addressed thousands of protesters demanding more rights for African Americans and calling for the release of Huey P. Newton.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 12 min., BW, US
In order to raise the consciousness of New Yorkers, anti-war demonstrators took to the streets on fashionable Fifth Avenue on Christmas eve. To the dismay of the shoppers, their action snarled traffic and stunted holiday consumption.
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Tami Gold & Heather Archibald
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 30 min., BW, US/Guatemala
In this moving film, the personal testimonies of Guatemalan Indians, peasants, and guerrillas are dramatized to provide the narration for a powerful overview of the history of U.S. destabilization of democracy in Central America.
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Marvin Fishman and Masanori Oe
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 17 min., BW, US
In October, 1967, 100,000 people marched on Washington to demand an end to the Vietnam War. Marvin Fishman and Masanori Oe with help from Jonathan Chernoble documented the event and later gave the film to the newly formed Newsreel. This film depicts the peaceful march that ended in the occupation of the Pentagon grounds. Cameras were there in the midst of the fixed bayonets and billy clubs as the military turned on the demonstrators in this historic mobilization.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 20 min., BW, US
In April 1971, thousands of G.I.'s came to Washington, D.C., to protest the Vietnam War. They stood in front of the U.S. Capitol and threw away their medals. Told from the veterans' point of view, the film examines some of the conditions that led many decorated but disillusioned veterans to such dramatic displays of non-collaboration. As one former G.I. explained, "A guy goes to 'Nam and finds out that a communist is an 18 year old kid or a woman with children.”
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Paul Schneider
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1979, 25 min., BW, US
"We're making our point to the whole United States: you can fight the system; and win!" The Polish Americans of Northside, Brooklyn realized their community was under attack by the city bureaucracy: schools, hospitals, and other services has been closed or cut back and the neighborhood had began to decay. The closing of the local firehouse was the last straw. They occupied the firehouse and began a campaign to win back fire protection and revitalize their neighborhood.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 25 min., BW, US
In the late 1960s the University of California at Berkeley began buying up and destroying a nearby area populated by hippies, the poor, and other members of the "counter culture". In retaliation, the community laid claim to a barren block being used as a parking lot to create a People's Park. The National Guard was called in to occupy Berkeley and a young man was killed. This film documents the infamous struggle resulting in the destruction of the park.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 40 min., BW, US
This newly restored film records the mobilization and participation of the Vietnamese people in their country's fight against colonialism and foreign military aggression. Moving beyond the perception of the Vietnamese as victims, the film investigates a society fully committed to national liberation. It details their long history of resisting the U.S. military as well as their struggles to overcome the French colonial legacy of economic underdevelopment.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 50 min., BW, US
In the late '60s, conditions for Puerto Ricans in the US reached the boiling point. Faced with racial discrimination, deficient community services, and poor education and job opportunities, Puerto Rican communities began to address these injustices by using direct action. This film focuses on the community of East Harlem, capturing the compassion and militancy of the Young Lords as they implemented their own health, educational, and public assistance programs and fought back against social injustice. An excellent portrayal of inner city organizing in the late 60s.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 12 min., BW, US
This short film offers a rare look at Noam Chomsky in the late 1960s as he speaks candidly about the war in Vietnam and articulates critiques that have an eerie resonance in the present day.
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San Francisco Newsreel
1969, 25 min., BW, US
A documentary of the now famous San Francisco State strike of 1968-69. This film shows the role the tracking system played in determining the quality of education provided to children of working-class families. It portrays the armed force being used to restore control on the university campus.
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Norman Fruchter & John Douglas
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 60 min., BW, US
This documentary provides an in-depth examination of protest activities surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It documents draft resistance, the growth of G.I. coffee houses, the development of alternative media and the early days of Newsreel itself. It is particularly useful in its exploration of the problems the movement faced in using mainstream media to broadcast its message. It is also a document of the philosophies, tactics, and problems of the student movement in the crucial year of 1968. It is most useful when background information can also be provided.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 8 min., BW, US
"Here she comes..." At the 1968 Miss America pageant, demonstrators introduced a sheep as the appropriate winner. This entertaining short film shows how Women's Liberation activists used guerrilla theater to raise awareness of what Miss ca really represents. It is an interesting document of the early women's movement in action.
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Newsreel
Producer: Women's Caucus--San Francisco Newsreel
1971, 40 min., BW, US
Produced collectively by women, this documentary is a valuable historical document of the origins of the modern women's movement in the United States. The film delves into the lives of ordinary women from different races, educational levels and class Filmed mostly in small consciousness-raising groups, from which the women's movement grew, the women talk about the daily realities of their lives as wives, home-makers, and workers. They speak, sometimes with hesitancy, often with passion, about the oppression of women as they see it.
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Newsreel
1968, 10 min., BW, US
Filmed as the official statement of the Youth International Party, this film is as freewheeling and irreverent as the Yippies themselves. It presents an overview of 1968 Chicago, Mayor Daley, and the pig the Yippies ran for president. The film juxtaposes orgy scenes from D.W. Griffith's "Intolerance" and Keystone Cops chases with Yippie antics in Chicago. The film also explores the issue of police brutality - both humorously and with an undercurrent of deep anger. This film was actually produced by and for yippies; Newsreel adopted it in order to bring it to a wider audience.
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