On October 21, 1967, over 100,000 protestors gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam. French filmmaker Chris Marker, leading a team of filmmakers, was also there, and made this film.
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An enlightening short doc by Chris Marker that sees through the BS and shows the students and protesters for who they really are and what they stand for, champions and defenders of our civil liberties and rights. Also, the protests depicted here are equally violent as the ones occurring now, if not more so, and it is unsettling to see Nazis try and attack the noble protestors. These ain't no snowflakes.
[It is the place with the world's greatest concentration of military men per square mile, cemeteries excepted.] This is SO NOT CHRIS MARKER and still SO unique. If only History was written like THIS, filled with punch lines and flowers thrown at afraid soldiers faces. And here we are, 50 years after, heirs of disappointment, consuming Netflix docs on Syrian war while eating vegan ice cream.
Instructive and insightful Marker short about the triptych 'collective fermentation - individual change -social change'. The incident is filmed with the snapshot aesthetic and the counter-revolutionary forces from the system and the anti-system make themselves palpably felt. Cinematically, it could have been bolder yet the politics of resistance can hardly find better support than from such Marker manifestoes.
Some powerful scenery that's given empowerment by Chris Marker's poetic storytelling. All of this creates an atmosphere that even though we seem to be running out of hope then thanks to this shared audiovisual experience we can all look forward to a brighter tomorrow. Marker seems to have a strong sense of positive outlook towards the world and he possesses a dose of something that 2018 badly needs. Thanks!
Unlike other Marker's I have seen, this one doesn't add much to the documentation. It felt more like an on the scene report with a few editorial comments rather than a full-fledged essay. Not really a surprise to learn there were Nazi counter-demonstrators there that day. This highlights that the moment in time we're in is not the last few years, but the last few decades. These fights take a long time.