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Film-maker Sam Green to Screen, Discuss “The Weather Underground” at UCR

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Film-maker Sam Green to Screen, Discuss “The Weather Underground” at UCR
Documentary About 1960s Student Radicals Nominated for Oscar in 2003
(January 25, 2005)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- An acclaimed documentary film about The Weathermen, a radical group whose violent campaign against the Vietnam War forced many of its members into hiding, will be shown at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in Humanities 1500.

Film-maker Sam Green will be on campus to screen and discuss “The Weather Underground,” which was nominated for a 2003 Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.

Green and fellow director-producer Bill Siegel looked back on the 1960s, when a radical element emerged in the Students for a Democratic Society, which had opposed the war with relatively peaceful demonstrations. The Weathermen urged -- and carried out -- more aggressive forms of dissent.

The movie, described by critic Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times as a “terrifically smart and solid piece of film-making," uses vintage footage and contemporary interviews to show the Weathermen leadership choosing violence -- including the Days of Rage in Detroit and the bombings of federal buildings -- to protest U.S. government actions such as the bombing of Cambodia.

“The Weather Underground” shows leaders including Bernardine Dohrn and Mark Rudd reflecting on their youthful actions from historical, philosophical and personal perspectives, and talking about their revolutionary dreams.

Green received his master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, where he studied documentary film with acclaimed film-maker Marlon Riggs.
Wednesday’s event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by The Program in Film & Video, The Department of English and the UCR Center for Ideas & Society.

Additional Contacts:
  • Jennifer Doyle, assistant professor of English
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