Saturday, March 03, 2007

Anarchism in America (1983)

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Emmy and Guggenheim Award-winning filmmakers, Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher take a road trip from rural Atkins Bay, Maine, to cosmopolitan San Francisco in order to map anarchism as a distinctly American tradition, starting with the premise that Americans embody anarchist principles of freedom and independence. Along their journey, they interview a diverse cast of characters: from "ordinary" truckers and farmers to famous anarchists like Kenneth Rexroth, Ursula LeGuin, and Murray Bookchin.

The film explores the movement both as a native American philosophy stemming from 19th century American traditions of individualism, and as a foreign ideology brought to America by immigrants. The film features rare archival footage and interviews with significant personalities in anarchist history, such as Emma Goldman and Karl Hess, and we are introduced to Mildred loomis, who is 80-years-old and still advocating back-to-the-land individualism, beat poet Kenneth Rexroth, science-fiction author Ursule Le Guin, long-distance trucker Li'l John, punk rockers The Dead Kennedys and many others, including the late Murray Bookchin.

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