*Black and Brown Power Movements*

*Anti-War & Student Movements*

*Women's Liberation Movement*

*Housing Movement*

*Asian American Movement*

*Third World Movement*


The Newsreel Collective produced more than 60 films in the short period of
1967-1972 and in the process documented the Anti-War, Student, Women’s
Liberation, Black and Brown Power, Housing and Third World Movements. As an
alternative to the mainstream media of the time, the Newsreel films
presented the point of view of activists working for the Black Panther
Party, the Young Lords, Operation Move-In, and many more grassroots groups.

The Newsreel Collective became Third World Newsreel (TWN) in the early 70s
and strengthened its commitment to developing filmmakers and audiences of
color. From 1972 until 1979, the organization completed 10 new productions,
including films about prisoners’ rights, the Asian American Movement, and
its first docudrama.

Thanks to the generous contributions of National Film Preservation
Foundation, The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film &
Television, original members of the Newsreel collective, and other private
donors, part of the collection has been preserved.

*Here is a list of popular Newsreel and Third World Newsreel titles that
are available educational streaming, DVD purchase, and non-theatrical

*Break and Enter a.k.a. Squatters (Newsreel #62)*
This film captures the militant antecedents to today's housing reclamation
movement in New York City. In 1970, several hundred Puerto Rican and
Dominican families reclaimed housing left vacant by the city. They pulled
the boards off the doors, cleaned and repaired the buildings and moved in.
Thanks to the generous contributions of the National Film Preservation
Foundation, BREAK AND ENTER has been preserved and is available for
educational streaming.
Producer: Newsreel, 1971, 42 min., BW, US

*Janie's Janie (Newsreel)*
JANIE'S JANIE is an extraordinary document of the early 1970's women's
movement. In this personal documentary, Jane Giese, a working class woman
in Newark, comes to realize that she has to take control of her own life
after years of physical and mental abuse. The personal aspect of the film
was unusual for early Newsreel, and its very existence resulted from gender
issue struggles within the collective itself. It is a document of a time
and its issues, and of the efforts of feminists to give creative visual
form to their concerns. Using both interviews and verité material, it is
one of the more complex Newsreel films. Principal collaborators were: Geri
Ashur, Peter Barton, Marilyn Mulford and Stephanie Palewski, with music by
Bev Grant. Thanks to the generous contributions of the The Women's Film
Preservation Fund of the New York Women in Film & Television, JANIE'S JANIE
has been preserved and is available for purchases and rentals.
Producer: Newsreel, 1971, 25 min., BW, US

*People's War** (Newsreel #43)*
This newly restored film records the mobilization and participation of the
Vietnamese people in their country's fight against colonialism and foreign
military aggression. Moving beyond the perception of the Vietnamese as
victims, the film investigates a society fully committed to national
liberation. It details their long history of resisting the U.S. military as
well as their struggles to overcome the French colonial legacy of economic
underdevelopment. Thanks to the generous contributions of the National Film
Preservation Foundation, PEOPLE'S WAR has been preserved and is available
for educational streaming.
Producer: Newsreel, 1969, 40 min., BW, US

*Teach Our Children*
This film focuses on the historic 1971 Attica prison rebellion in upstate
New York. It targets the conditions that caused prisoners to take drastic
steps toward securing their basic rights. The film questions the reactions
of prison warden Oswald, New York governor Nelson Rockefeller and President
Nixon, as well as the death of 31 inmates and prison guards from bullets
fired by the National Guard. Through on-site footage taken during and
following the rebellion, and follow-up interviews with inmates, this film
relates a powerful message concerning prisoner's rights and provides an
important historical document.
Christine Choy & Susan Robeson, Producer: Third World Newsreel, 1972, 35
min., BW, US

*Inside Women Inside*
How does a woman cope with such common occurrences as illness, pregnancy
and family conflicts when she is sent away to prison? This film exposes the
daily humiliation regularly faced by women in U.S. prisons using firsthand
accounts of inmates at the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women and
the Correctional Institute for Women at Riker's Island, New York.
Provocative interviews with these women reveal the anger and frustrations
of daily life behind bars. INSIDE WOMEN INSIDE follows women demanding
better meals and realistic job training: institutionalized injustices
against them are clarified disrupting our conventional view of women behind
bars. In spite of the realities of their oppression, their optimism and
strength are insurmountable.
Christine Choy & Cynthia Maurizio, Producer: Third World Newsreel, 1978, 28
min., US

*From Spikes to Spindles*
This raw, gutsy portrait of New York's Chinatown captures the early days of
an emerging consciousness in the community. We see a Chinatown rarely
depicted, a vibrant community whose young and old joined forces to protest
police brutality and hostile real estate developers. With bold strokes, it
paints an overview of the community and its history, from the early
laborers driving spikes into the transcontinental railroad to the garment
workers of today.
Christine Choy, Producer: Third World Newsreel, 1976, 50 min., US

*Black Panther (Newsreel #19)*
A compelling document of the Black Panther Party leadership in 1967. This
film contains a prison interview with Minister of Defense Huey P. Newton as
well as an interview with Minister of Information Eldridge Cleaver, footage
of the aftermath of the police assault on the Los Angeles Chapter
headquarters, demonstrations to free Huey at Hutton Memorial Park and the
Alameda County Courthouse and a recitation of the party's Ten-Point
Platform by co-founder Bobby Seale.
Producer: Newsreel, 1968, 15 min., BW, US

*Columbia Revolt (Newsreel #14)*
In April 1968, black and white students rebelled against the university
administration, occupying five buildings, including the president's office
in one of the first campus revolts of the Civil Rights/Vietnam War era. The
revolt began as a protest against university expansion into neighboring
communities and its role as a slumlord. After five days of student control,
the administrators and trustees ordered the police to clear the buildings.
What resulted was an unprecedented display of brutality and repression.
Narrated by one of the student rebels, the detailed eyewitness account of
this event galvanized other campus revolts around the country.
Producer: Newsreel, 1968, 50 min., BW, US

*A Dream Is What You Wake Up From*
The everyday lives of three Black families with different approaches to
their struggle for survival in the United States are represented through a
mix of fiction and documentary scenes, a docudrama style inspired by the
work of Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez. Filmmakers Larry Bullard and Carolyn Y.
Johnson recorded families engaged in their day to day activities at home,
at work and in school. This material was juxtaposed with a sound track on
which family members discuss their individual thoughts, values, and
aspirations. With this hybrid film style, the filmmakers were able to
reveal and examine the gaps between everyday reality and the way in which
it is perceived by each individual. One of the first Third World Newsreel
productions, A DREAM IS WHAT YOU WAKE UP FROM was recently part of the Film
Society of Lincoln Center award-winning series Tell It Like It Is: Black
Independents in New York, 1968 - 1986.
Larry Bullard & Carolyn Y. Johnson, Producer: Third World Newsreel, 1978,
50 min., US

*Make-Out (Newsreel #49)*
As a young couple make-out in a car, we hear the woman's stream of
consciousness thoughts. She worries about her reputation and whether he'll
try to "go all the way." This film is best used with discussions and/or
materials about date rape. A short created by Geri Ashur, Andrea Eagan,
Marcia Salo Rizzi and Deborah Shaffer, and co-directed by Ashur and Peter
Schlaifer, the film is a vibrant document of the early second wave women's
movement, and the concerns and thinking of young women at that time. This
film is unique in the Newsreel collection, as it was filmed with actors,
with a voice-over script created from a women's group discussion.Thanks to
the generous contributions of The Women's Film Preservation Fund of the New
York Women in Film & Television, MAKE-OUT has been preserved and is
available for streaming, purchases, and rentals.
Producer: Newsreel, 1970, 5 min., BW, US

*My Country Occupied (Newsreel #151)*
In this moving film, the personal testimonies of Guatemalan Indigenous
people, peasants, and guerrillas are dramatized to provide the narration
for a powerful overview of the history of U.S.destabilization of democracy
in Central America.
Tami Gold & Heather Archibald, Producer: Newsreel, 1971, 30 min., BW,
US/Guatemala 2005

*People's Firehouse #1*
"We're making our point to the whole United States: you can fight the
system, and win!" The Polish Americans of Northside, Brooklyn realized
their community was under attack by the city bureaucracy: schools,
hospitals, and other services have been closed or cut back and the
neighborhood had begun to decay. The closing of the local firehouse was the
last straw. They occupied the firehouse and began a campaign to win back
fire protection and revitalize their neighborhood.
Paul Schneider, Producer: Third World Newsreel, 1979, 25 min., BW, US

*El Pueblo se Levanta (Newsreel #63)*
In the late '60s, conditions for Puerto Ricans in the U.S. reached the
boiling point. Faced with racial discrimination, deficient community
services, and poor education and job opportunities, Puerto Rican
communities began to address these injustices by using direct action. This
film focuses on the community of East Harlem, capturing the compassion and
militancy of the Young Lords as they implemented their own health,
educational, and public assistance programs and fought back against social
injustice. An excellent portrayal of inner city organizing in the late 60s.
Producer: Newsreel, 1971, 50 min., BW, US

*We Are the Palestinian People (Newsreel #65)*
Filmed in Palestine by Newsreel, this documentary shows the refugee camps
of the Middle East, the rise of the Palestinian Liberation Movement and
Israel's relationship to the Western imperialism. There is footage of the
guerrillas in training, and interviews with Palestinian leaders and
militants who work in many programs of the liberation struggle of the time.
Producer: Newsreel, 1971, 50 min., BW, US, 45 min., BW, US

*To Love, Honor & Obey*
This film explores the social, psychological and cultural factors that
contribute to violence against women regardless of ethnicity or economic
background. Survivors, safe house administrators, counselors, police
officers, and male abusers in counseling explore the many factors that
contribute to the pervasiveness of this tragic aspect of American family
life. Shot in battered women's shelters, urban and suburban neighborhoods,
counseling centers, and even in a county jail where a woman has been
incarcerated for the murder of her abusive husband.
Christine Choy & Marlene Dann, Producer: Third World Newsreel, 1980, 55
min., US

*The Woman's Film (Newsreel #55)*
Produced collectively by women, this documentary is a valuable historical
document of the origins of the modern women's movement in the United
States. The film delves into the lives of ordinary women from different
races, educational levels, and class. Filmed mostly in small
consciousness-raising groups, from which the women's movement grew, the
women talk about the daily realities of their lives as wives, homemakers,
and workers. They speak, sometimes with hesitancy, often with passion,
about the oppression of women as they see it.
Newsreel, Producer: Women's Caucus--San Francisco Newsreel, 1971, 40 min.,

Roselly Torres
Third World Newsreel


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