Berkeley in the Sixties

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Released 1990

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Director:
Mark Kitchell
Released:
1990
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Berkeley in the Sixties is a 1990 documentary chronicling the comprehensive and insightful story of how community activism was born on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley during the 1960s. The documentary uses archival footage of the free speech movement, which caught national attention when Berkeley tried to stop activists who were out distributing literature and making speeches about the issue in an outdoor campus plaza. California governor Edmund Brown eventually ordered the arrest of 1500 demonstrators in what turned out to be the largest mass arrest in U.S. history. Combined with heated reactions over the Vietnam War, students at other campuses began to take notice about what was transpiring in Berkeley and started to fuel similar protests at other campuses. As a subplot, Berkeley also served as a strong chapter of the Black Panther party, which gave activists a more violent option to voice their frustrations if they so chose. Activists and observers, including president Ronald Reagan, offer insight on the time period and the impact the protests at Berkeley had on the leftist movement today. Berkeley in the Sixties was directed by Mark Kitchell.moreless
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    Politics, History, Culture