This weeks film will be Irum Shiekh’s On Strike! Ethnic Studies 1969-1999
The film will begin at 7:00pm at Social Sciences 1, Room 110, Everyone is welcome!
“Through interviews with past and recent student leaders and faculty juxtaposed with footage of campus demonstrations over the course of a generation, ON STRIKE offers an historical and political overview of what it took to establish and sustain ethnic studies at one of the nation’s leading universities. ON STRIKE makes an encapsulated, incisive study of the context and events that led up to the Ethnic Studies demonstrations, hunger strikes, and student arrests that surprisingly roiled the UC Berkeley campus in May, 1999. Opening with a quick historical study of the struggle that established Ethnic Studies in the late sixties, this record of modern-day activism soon moves into the urgent present-time, detailing the nineties’ TWLF (Third World Liberation Front) movement and their pitched battle against the university administration.” – SF international Asian American film festival guide