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Written and directed by Peter Watkins
Images of the heavy-handed police response to protests of the fatal shooting of unarmed Missouri teenager Michael Brown have re-ignited discussion about the increasing militarization of U.S. police forces.
They are also reminiscent of this indelible image from Punishment Park, a powerful faux documentary that brought police militarization to its extreme but inevitable conclusion over 40 years ago.
While hardware is a large part of the Ferguson story, Punishment Park’s $95,000 budget (per the original press kit, which is included with a 2005 DVD release) perhaps precluded director Peter Watkins from equipping the cast with anything quite as threatening, but the film’s impacted is hardly blunted. The press kit insists “Punishment Park takes place tomorrow, yesterday or five years from now. It is also happening today.” And this can still be said of it.
Punishment Park is not only a prescient »
- Steven Fouchard
I was just informed that The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975 - Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson's acclaimed feature documentary which provides audiences with a *remixed* look at the black liberation struggle in the United States during the years in the film's title - is coming to book format. To be published on paperback by Haymarket Books, it'll go on sale at your local or online book store, starting February 4, 2014. The book, which will also be titled The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975, will include historical speeches and interviews by: Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Emile »
- Tambay A. Obenson
2 items from 2014
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