Newark, July 1967

Last night Scott and I went to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens to watch the excellent documentary Revolution ’67 by Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno (who is a member of the filmmaker collective MIH) and Jerome Bongiorno.

The documentary about the 1967 “riots” in Newark will be premiering on PBS July 10, 2007. Last night it screened at the museum to celebrate 20 years of the outstanding documentary film series POV.

The screening was followed by a Q&A with Marylou, Jerome and Cynthia Lopez, VP of POV. The content and point of view of the film certainly stir up discussion. For example, it questions the appropriateness of the term “riot” vs. “revolution” and criticizes the behavior of the national guard, the media and the politicians leading up to and during the “rebellion”, among other points.

It was so great to see a (very hard working) colleague and friend’s creation garner such success. I hope they continue to have a blast screening their film all around the country and in Europe!

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