Film - Feature | March 18 | 8:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
An evocative synthesis of Bertolt Brecht and cinema verité, Peter Watkinss dystopic fiction depicts a United States where government authorities, citing the McCarran Act, detain political activists on the grounds that they probably will engage in . . . acts of espionage or sabotage. The film follows the televised trial of one group of detainees and the progress of another who have opted for a grueling endurance course in lieu of lengthy prison sentences. As the Daily Mail remarked upon the films release, A few years ago we might have dismissed the film as the figment of a crazed imagination. Today its documentary overtones are all too horribly real.
- Kate MacKay
Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission