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Oct 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| $9
“The Bus” (1963) was Haskell Wexler’s first foray into documentary filmmaking. Inspired by the rapidly growing civil rights movement in the American South, and Martin Luther King Jr’s call for a massive march on Washington DC, Wexler got on a bus in the bay area and traveled across the country with a multi-racial group of activists bent on progressive change. The activists discussed and debated what non-violent resistance meant, how they would conduct themselves, they sang, they slept, they met up with other busloads, they had a sense that they were making history. Indeed, they were headed to the largest civil rights demonstration ever held in the U.S., where Dr. King was to delivered his monumental “I Have A Dream” speech. Wexler teamed up with the emerging cinéma vérité mafia and together with DA Pennebaker who had designed and built the 16mm camera Wexler used, and Al Maysles who was doing second camera with another busload coming from the South, they created “The Bus”, a film that helped shape the direction of documentary cinema through its use of the portable hand held camera and freely roaming sound recorder. “The Bus” which has not screened publicly in 30 years, has great resonance with social movements, such as #BlackLivesMatter for civil and political rights today.
WHOSE STREETS? – Sabaah Jordan, USA, 2015
WHOSE STREETS? is a first-hand look at how the murder of a teenage boy in Ferguson, Missouri became the last straw for a community under siege. A story of love, loss, conflict, and ambition; the journey of everyday people turned freedom fighters, whose lives intertwined with a burgeoning national movement for black liberation.