“WORKING IN PROTEST”

June 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

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. 

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>> 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.

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