Chicago Protest Shorts '68/'03

Directed by: Various

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Filmmakers Peter Kuttner and Linda Beckstrom in Person!

This selection of shorts couples the turbulent protests during the 1968 Democratic Convention with the March 20th, 2003 demonstration against the U.S. invasion of Iraq. After being criticized for its brutality against citizens in ’68, the City of Chicago responded with a propaganda piece titled What Trees Do They Plant?, arguing their side of the story. The peace movement replied with The Seasons Change, a skillful refutation against all allegations of violence, and a breathtaking indictment on police brutality. In 2003, history repeated itself when hundreds of protesters were arrested on Lake Shore Drive after war was declared on Iraq. (1968 - 2004, 114 min. total)

April 27 – Chicago Newsreel/Chicago Film Co-op by Jon Jost, Kurt Heyl, and Peter Kuttner (1968, 10 min., video)
Social Confrontation: the Battle of Michigan Avenue – The Film Group (1969, 11 min., 16mm) Courtesy of Chicago Film Archives (pictured)
What Trees Do They Plant? Excerpted – City of Chicago (1968)
The Seasons Change – William Jersey, edited by Howard Alk (1968, 45 min., video)
Where We Stood – produced by Linda Beckstrom, Blake Beckstrom, Jon Groot, and Seth Skundrick (2004, 42 min., video)

Special thanks to the Chicago Film Archives, Kartemquin Films, William Jersey, Linda Beckstrom and Rich Samuels.

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