BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Michael Mark Cohen is associate teaching professor of American studies and African American studies at UC Berkeley.
Few social documentaries hit their mark with more harrowing and urgent impact. No matter how you feel about prison reform, Attica makes indifference impossible.Stanley Eichelbaum, San Francisco Examiner
An essential counterpoint to the official and mass media accounts of the uprising and subsequent massacre in the state prison in Attica, New York, Attica combines footage of the events; interviews with prisoners, ex-convicts, journalists, and observers; and video from the 1972 public commission hearings—exposing the lies and obfuscation of those in power to elude responsibility for the crime. It also documents the improvised and effective self-organization of the prisoners, fighting together for humane treatment.
Teach Our Children
Christine Choy, Susan Robeson, United States, 1972
Choy and Robeson’s agit-prop response to the uprising at Attica combines footage they shot on-site with newsreel footage and animation to draw parallels between the plight of the prisoners and international independence struggles.