This documentary explores the decade of triumph and tragedy; of innocence lost, and revolutions found; of the horrors of war, and the struggle for peace. The American decade of the 1960s continues to provoke debate, fascination, and continuing revelations, as heard here through interviews with prominent figures from the era, including Henry Kissinger, Norman Mailer, Daniel Ellsberg, Jesse Jackson, Arlo Guthrie, and others.
Screening in English, 120 min.
June’s Friday Documentaries commemorate the social movement that emerged from American society in the turbulent 1960s. Americans in that era faced many controversial issues — from civil rights, the Vietnam War, arms race, threat of nuclear annihilation, and the emerging environmental concerns to drug use, rise of gender awareness, pursuit of sexual freedom, and nonconformity. Many young people questioned America’s materialism and cultural and political norms. Seeking a better world, people engaged in grass-roots activities, protest movement and explored alternative lifestyles to create what came to be known as the counterculture. To some Americans, these attributes reflected American ideals of free speech, equality, and pursuit of happiness. Other people saw the counterculture as self-indulgent, pointlessly rebellious, unpatriotic, and destructive of America’s moral order.