Canon: Taking to the Street

1990 | 00:10:54 | United States | English | Color | Stereo

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Feminism, Politics

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Starting with student-recorded VHS footage of two successive Take Back the Night marches at Princeton University, Birnbaum develops a saga of political awareness through personalized experiences. This localized student activity then progresses to, and is contrasted with, the 1988 National Student Convention at Rutgers University. Through this dynamic portrait, Birnbaum posits a series of compelling questions: How can the voice of the individual make itself seen and heard in our technocratic society? What forms of demonstration support this expression? How is a voice of dissent made possible?

Breaking with traditional documentary format, and using tools from the low and high end of video technology, Birnbaum here replays events of student activism in the United States.