“WORKING IN PROTEST”

Two filmmakers used 30 years of their own footage to illustrate the history of protest and activism in America. Tonight, one of them is here with a preview of the documentary.

For more information on “Working in Protest” click here. 

Aired on June 26, 2018. 

TRANSCRIPT

> THE BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL RECENTLILY PREPARED AN OBSERVATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ENTITLED WORKING IN PROTEST.

IT GIVES OF AN INSIDE LOOK AT DEMONSTRATIONS ACROSS AMERICA FROM THE LAST 30 YEARS.

THE SHORT CLIPS ARE COMPILED FIRST HAND BY THE FILM'S DIRECTORS.

TO COPE THE TONE NEUTRAL RATHER THAN USE CONTENT FROM ACTIVISTS WHO MAY HAVE AN AGENDA HERE IS A PREVIEW.

TWO MINUTES TO DISPERSE OR YOU WILL BE ARRESTED.

♪♪ TURN IT AROUND.

SO IF YOUR DAUGHTER BROUGHT HOME A BLACK GUY WHAT WOULD YOU DO.

IT WOULDN'T HAPPEN SHE WOULD KNOW BETTER TO BEGIN WITH BECAUSE I DIDN'T RAISE HER THAT WAY.

AND STAND WHEN THEY SHOW UP.

LET'S GO.

UP ON THE SIDEWALK.

JACK RECENTLY SAT DOWN WITH THE FILM'S DIRECTOR, MICHAEL GALINSKI.

> SO LET'S START OFF WITH THE SUBJECT MATTER IF YOU WOULD.

YOU WANTED TO TO TAKE A LOOK AT PROTESTS.

AND YOU STARTED BASICALLY 30 YEARS AGO.

SOME PEOPLE MIGHT SAY IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT PROTESTS, YOU TO GO TO THE SIXTH AND CIVIL RIGHTS PROTESTS WHY DID YOU PICK THAT DEMARCATION POIBTS.

THAT ONE PICKED ME.

THE KLAN MARKED IN MY HOMETOWN OF CHAPEL HILL.

AND IT SEEMED -- EVEN THOUGH THE KLAN THERE HAS BEEN A SHOOTING TWO YEARS EARLIER IN GREEN BORROWER KILLING SOME PEOPLE.

IT SEEMED IT WAS ON THE WAY OUT.

IT SEEMED LIKE THE LAST KLAN MARCH.

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WAS I MOVED BACK TO MY HOMETOWN AND I FOUND THE NFRGTS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.

SINCE THEN MAYBE TEN YEARS AFTER THAT WE STARTED DOING MORE PROTEST WORK.

AND IT WAS JUST OBSERVING -- PART OF LARGE I DOCUMENTARIES OR JUST LIKE THIS THING IS HAPPENING AND HAS TO BE OBSERVED, KIND OF LIKE OCCUPY.

WE STARTED FILMING A LOT AROUND THEN.

AND THEN KEPT DOING IT.

WHEN I FOUND THE PHOTOGRAPHS I PUT THEM ONLINE AND DID YOU FOE THERE WAS SOUND FROM THE DAY.

WE HAD SOUND AND THEN HAD THE SHORT FILM.

WE HAD THAT WE STARTED TO THINK THERE IS THE THING WE DID IN 2004 REALLY INTERESTING.

IF YOU KIND OF JUMP FROM THAT TO THAT.

WOW WITH THE OCCUPY STUFF WHEN YOU SEE THE RISE OF THE MILITARIZATION OF THE POLICE OF AND THE CRIMINALIZING THE DISSENT.

AND JUST WHAT HAPPENS AT THE EVENTS AND HOW THE MESSAGE GETS OUT OR DOESN'T AND HOW IT GETS PORTRAYED IN THE MEDIA AND HOW IT'S PRESENTED BY ACTIVISTS WE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE IN THE MIDDLE SPACE WHERE YOU ARE OBSERVING IT IN THIS WAY THAT AT THE TIME KEEMS BORING BUT LATER IS JUST REALLY PRESENT.

IT'S INTERESTING YOU SAY WE YOUR WIFE AND YOU WERE THE DIRECTORS HERE.

YES.

AND WE'RE USED TO WHEN WE SEE DO YOU MEANRIES NOT ALL BUT MANY TIMES WE SEE THEM FROM A POINT OF VIEW.

RIGHT.

IN MANY MANY WAYS THEY'RE ADVOCACY PIECES.

RIGHT.

THEY'RE INTENDED TO BE BUT YOU WANTED TO STAY AWAY FROM THAT WHY.

WHOA YOU MAKE ADVOCACY THEN PEOPLE KNOW IT AND THOSE WHO DON'T AGREE ARE GOING TO RESIST.

BUT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT DOES ADVOCACY.

IT DOESN'T DO WHAT HE WE THINK IS GOING TO DO OR SUPPOSED TO DO.

PART OF MY RESISTANCE TO IT -- AND TO BE CLEAR, THESE SHORTS ARE MUCH MORP FROM KIND OF WHAT YOU WOULD CALL LIBERAL POINT OF VIEW.

BUT THAT'S NOT THE INTENT.

THAT'S JUST WHO I AM.

IT'S GOING TO COME IN MORE BUT THE INTENT IS TO BE JUST PRESENT WITH EVERYBODY'S POSSIBLE.

BUT THE MORE YOU PUT A POINT OF VIEW ON IT THE MORE YOU FIND RESISTANCE.

YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU LIVED THROUGH THE ONE WITH THE K.K.K.

YEAH.

IN YOUR HOMETOWN.

I'M CURIOUS WHETHER WHEN YOU CAME BACK TO LOOK AT IT NOW.

UM-HUM.

THROUGH THE PRISM OF OLDER MICHAEL, EDUCATED MICHAEL, MORE EXPERIENCED MICHAEL, DID YOU SEE IT DIFFERENTLY IN ANY WAY?

YEAH, I MEAN THAT'S -- YOU KNOW, WHAT'S INTERESTING IS ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU KIND OF MAKES THINGS THAT ARE REALLY OBSERVATIONAL I THINK WHAT IT DOES 25 YEARS LATER IS IT REALLY SPARKS A FAWN PRESENT MEMORY.

IT BRINGS YOU BACK TO THAT SPACE.

SOMETIMES IT'S LITERALLY JUST THE MEDIATION OF THE MEDIA.

IT'S BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS.

. AND YOU KIND OF GO BACK TO SOMETHING THAT WAS A DIFFERENT TIME.

THERE IS ASPECTS OF ARE JUST THE TYPE OF MEDIA THAT IT IS.

HOW IT LOOKS LIKE LOOKS.

ALL THESE THINGS ARE TELLS.

THEY TELL US HOW TO FEEL.

BUT DEFINITELY WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT'S FROM THE PAST IT REALLY -- IT SPARKS A DIFFERENT PART OF YOUR BRAIN THAN YOUR PRESENT MEMORY.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE VIEWERS WILL TAKE FROM THIS?

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE VIEWERS TAKE FROM IT.

WHAT I HOPE IS THAT THEY HAVE A BROADER SENSE WHAT HAVE REALLY TAKES PLACE.

BECAUSE SFR A MEDIA PERSPECTIVE WHAT WE TRY TO DO IF YOU ARE THE NEWS MEDIA YOU WANT TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT HAPPENED.

AND IF YOU'RE A A ACTIVIST YOU WANT TO PUSH THE POINT OF VIEW.

BUT FROM MY EXPERIENCE AT BEING AT PROTESTS IT'S CHAOTIC.

IT'S NOT CLEAR WHAT'S GOING ON.

SO SOME OF THE PIECES FEEL THAT WAY.

LIKE YOU'RE NOT SURE WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO -- BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW WHEN YOU'RE INTEREST.

AND YOU'RE JUST FOLLOWING AND TRYING TO FIND A LEADER.

AND AND THERE IS THE AMAZING MOMENT WHEN REVEREND BARBER SHOWS UP AT THE NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

HE MARCHES PAST THE CAMERA AND STARTS KNOCKING ON THE WINDOW AND JUST TAKES OVER.

HE IS REALLY AN INCREDIBLE PERSON.

AND HE IS A LEADER.

AND YOU KNOW, HE IS GOING TO SHOW UP AS A GREATER LEADER OVER THE NEXT FIVE OR TEN YEARS PROCESS.

YOU'LL SEE A LOT FROM HIM.

RIGHT THERE IN THAT MOMENT.

WELL IT'S VERY COMPELLING.

A SERIES OF FILMS HERE.

AND I THINK YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT UNTED TO.

THANK YOU.

SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR WIFE FOR THE GOOD WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE AND THANKS FOR SPEND BEING TIME AND TALKING WITH US.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

GOOD.

AND A REMINDER FOR YOU FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WORKING IN PROTEST, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT METROFOCUS.ORG.

Funders

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