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A Time to Stir

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Synopsis

In April 1968, students at Columbia University in New York were galvanized in protest and for a week occupied five buildings on campus. Students were protesting their school's decision to construct a gym they deemed segregationist in Morningside Park, Harlem, as well as the university administration's support of the Government's war effort in Vietnam. The event became the decisive moment for the New Left in America and the anti-war movement in general. This epic documentary re-evaluates this brief moment in America's history and moves beyond the romantic accounts of that era by penetrating deep into the real, nuanced politics of the time. Paul Cronin has spent the past 18 months filming interviews with many of the leading players and digging into public and private archives around the world. Revealing interviews with SDS leader Mark Rudd, activist Tom Hayden and author Paul Auster have been recorded as well as extensive interviews with Columbia's African-American students, many of whom are speaking on camera for the first time.

Details

Year
2009
Type of film
Features
Running Time
120 mins
Director
Paul Cronin
Producer
Jedd Wider, Todd Wider
Co-Producer
Jedd Wider, Todd Wider

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Production Company

Saetre Film/The Sticking Place

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Company

Linda Saetre
Saetre Film