The Five Demands: Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

6:30 pm

C200: Proshansky Auditorium

Open to the Public

Film still from Five Demands showing student protesters
Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required


The Five Demands, a new documentary, tells the little-known story of the revolutionary student takeover of The City College of New York in April 1969 by a group of Black and Puerto Rican students. Through archival footage and modern-day interviews, the film revisits the two-week shutdown that changed the face of higher education, as students protested institutional racism that, for over a century, had shut out people of color from this and other universities. After a screening, executive producer Stanley Nelson moderates a discussion with directors Andrea Weiss and Greta Schiller, along with two of the student protesters featured in the film, Charles Powell and Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont. Nelson, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, is the award- winning director of documentaries, including Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Schiller and Weiss, an Emmy Award–winning filmmaking team, have collaborated on many internationally acclaimed films, including Before StonewallInternational Sweethearts of Rhythm, and Paris Was a Woman.  

Presented with the Center for the Humanities.

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