Bright College Years (1971)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Politics & Government, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 52 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This documentary of the Yale protests against Nixon's bombing of Cambodia (1970) was filmed by its director while he was a student at the Yale Drama School of Filmmaking, using funds that were part of his fellowship. He is able to illustrate what is happening quite clearly without having to use a voiceover narration, and he allows people of all persuasions to speak for themselves. This includes alumni arriving to attend a homecoming football game, student protest leaders and radical activist Abbie Hoffman. Another issue the filmmakers explore is student reaction to the arrest of Bobby Seale and other Black Panther leaders in New Haven.

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activism, anti-war, arrest, bombing, Cambodia, college-student, protester