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USA, 1968 (MIFF 1969, Programme 23)

Director: David Loeb Weiss

The strongest statement yet from the black community. Such is the critical acclaim for this cine-verite documentary shot during one of the biggest peace marches in the United States. A group of black marchers move through Harlem and the reaction of the residents and onlookers is recorded. Interviews with three Negro veterans of Vietnam are intercut to show that the war has permanently altered the Negro's perception of his country and himself.

Why is there rebellion in the streets of black America? What did Martin Luther King mean when he said that the Vietnam war and the civil rights struggle were intertwined? How earnest is the revolutionary cry for a changed society—and how much change? In the frustration and bitterness, the determined optimism and humour, the intelli­gence and emotion of this powerful Negro film a sort of answer emerges which is terrifying and inexorable. You know that something's happen­ing, but you don't know what it is do you, Mr. Jones?

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