(out of 5)
Exceptional documentary masterpiece chronicles the birth of the counter-culture movement of the 1960s, centering on the explosive student riots at the University Of Wisconsin in Madison. Students react to the onset of the Vietnam war with sit-ins and protests that escalate to full-out violence and police involvement when they decide that the country has duped them into a war they had no business being a part of. The end result of their efforts threatens to tear the country’s educational institutions to shreds. The film deftly moves between an endless pile of expertly edited stock footage and modern-day interviews with participants of the school’s political revolution, using their voices to tell the story instead of any omniscient narration. It’s one of the most fascinating experiences you’ll ever have in front of a movie screen.
Catalyst Media, Wisconsin Educational Television Network
Cinematography by Richard March
Produced by Barry Alexander Brown, Glenn Silber
Film Editing by Chuck France
Academy Award Nomination
Best Documentary (Feature) (Glenn Silber, Barry Alexander Brown, producers)