Agents of Change: Black Students and the Transformation of the American University
2016, Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg, USA, 66 min
- Thu, Sep 1st 6:30pm
"The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history." — Sojourner Truth Radio
The little-known story of the late-Sixties grassroots struggle that led to the creation of departments of black and ethnic studies at American colleges and universities is told in this documentary focusing on the seminal student revolts at San Francisco State and Cornell. Black students recruited by institutions of higher learning in unprecedented numbers soon found their history and culture reflected nowhere on all-white campuses. Protests and sit-ins evolved into violent armed revolution that startled the nation with images of black students with guns. Filmmakers Dawson and Ginzberg combine the first-person recollections of those who were there with powerful archival footage and photographs for a compelling evocation of history. Winner of Jury and Audience awards at the 2016 Pan-African Film Festival. (BS)
SEPTEMBER 1: Co-directors Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg will be present for audience discussion. Ticket-holders are invited to a reception sponsored by the Reva and David Logan Foundation following the show.