Some successes were won in this time of great hope – the civil rights movement flourished, along with women’s rights. What have we learned from that time? And what have we become since?
Link TV looks at perhaps the most vital urban melting pot of 60s activism in this special presentation - Berkeley in the sixties. Host Wendy Hanamura and actor Peter Coyote are joined by Mark Kitchell, director of the documentary Berkeley in the Sixties, which will also air, to discuss the highs and lows of this turbulent time and whether activists today might be able to recapture that energy. Coyote recalls his early work with the Black Panthers, and at the vanguard of the “cultural revolution” in the Bay Area of the 1960s.
Berkeley in the Sixties
Six years in the making and with a cast of thousands, Berkeley in the Sixties recaptures the exhilaration and turmoil of the unprecedented student protests that shaped a generation and changed the course of America. Many consider it to be the best filmic treatment of the 1960s yet made.
This Academy Award-nominated documentary interweaves the memories of 15 former student leaders, who grapple with the meaning of their actions. Their recollections are interwoven with footage culled from thousands of historical clips and hundreds of interviews. Ronald Reagan, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mario Savio, Huey Newton, Allen Ginsburg, and the music of Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez and the Grateful Dead all bring that tumultuous decade back to life.
Its reflective and insightful analysis of the era - from the HUAC hearings and civil rights sit-ins at the beginning of the decade through the Free Speech Movement, the anti-war protests, the growth of the counter-culture, the founding of the Black Panther Party and the stirrings of the Women's Movement - confronts every viewer with the questions the 1960s raised, which remain largely unanswered.
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