Mayday Realtime

1971 | 00:59:45 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Activism, City, Documentation, Film or Videomaking, History

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Shot over one day, this program records the events and protests in Washington DC on May Day, 1971. This was the day when one of the most disruptive actions of the Vietnam War era occurred in Washington, DC, when thousands of anti-war activists tried to shut down the Federal government in protest at the War.

A feel for the mood in the city is gained during the first half of the video with shots of the city from a moving car in traffic. Protestors, city residents, and police are captured on tape, along with exciting and moving shots of the day's actions and arrests.

An excerpt of this title (10:27) is also available on Surveying the First Decade: Volume 2.

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