Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411
View this rarely seen 1968 documentary at the Capri Theater (May 3) or Walker Art Center (May 9) with an introduction by Dr. John Wright, professor in the department of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Positioned at the critical intersection of the civil rights and antiwar movements, this newly restored documentary amplifies African American responses to the Vietnam War. The film presents spontaneous street interviews conducted during the massive April 1967 march on the United Nations by the Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War. Just one week after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s powerful “Beyond Vietnam” speech at Riverside Church, Harlem residents, marchers, and GIs address the disproportionate losses of men of color and the injustices perpetrated by the US overseas.
Interwoven with the protest footage is a group interview with three black veterans, recorded in May 1968, in which they describe their experiences of the war and the discrimination and racialized poverty to which they returned. The men ask pointed questions about institutionalized racism in the United States—questions that are still being asked today. Directed by Polish American labor organizer David Loeb Weiss, the film’s title references an iconic protest sign from the historic march.
Contains strong language. 1968, DCP, 86 minutes. Preserved through a collaboration between Anthology Film Archives and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, supported by the Robert F. Smith Fund. Special thanks to Cinema Guild, John Binder, Walter Forsberg (NMAAHC), and Chris Hughes & Laura Major (Colorlab). A Cinema Guild release.
This event is copresented by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, Capri Theater, Walker Art Center, and the Minnesota Historical Society. This screening is part of the Film Society's First Thursday Films @ the Capri series.
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