Frederick Wiseman / US, 1968
This famous documentary by Frederick Wiseman exposes a large high school in Philadelphia as a chilling and repressive authoritarian institution. Direct cinema pioneer Wiseman observes without commenting. With an introduction by culture historian Jonathan Gill (Amsterdam University College).
Jonathan Gill teaches Humanities at Amsterdam University College and is the author of "Harlem: The Four-Hundred Year History, From Dutch Village to Capital of Black America" (Grove/Atlantic 2011) and the forthcoming “Our Man in Hollywood: The True Story of Boris Morros, The Hollywood Double-Agent Who Broke the Cold War”s Most Notorious Espionage Ring” (Norton, 2019)
Fifty years ago, students, factory workers and filmmakers challenged the Establishment, from Paris to Mexico City, carrying not only bricks but also agile and light 16mm cameras.