For Life Against the War at International House

From the I-House website:

Exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. linked the struggle for civil rights to the anti-war movement in his address, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” delivered at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967. Of the Vietnamese people, he stated simply, “They must see Americans as strange liberators.” This year, to honor the joint struggles of Rev. King against war and for civil rights, the Program in Cinema Studies and the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania have collaborated with International House Philadelphia to screen two films, the first of which was made in the same year as King’s speech, the second of which reflects on war in our own time.

In 1967, a group of artists put out a call for “a personal declaration by American filmmakers for life and against the War.” Sixty films running under three minutes were eventually compiled and screened as part of The Week of the Angry Arts, a music and arts festival which mobilized the protest movement. This remarkable compilation includes contributions from Manfred Kirkheimer, Stan Vanderbeek, Robert Fiore, Larry Jordan, Rudy Burckhardt, Nina Feinberg, Shirley Clarke, Robert Breer, Ken Jacobs, Jonas Mekas, Michael Snow, and Joyce Wieland.

40 years later in a similar spirit New York Filmmakers Cooperative issued an invitation to protest yet another war. The response was overwhelming, bringing together 26 new works from several generations of artists unified by a singular goal of a cinema of peace. Thus was born For Life Against The War…Again with works by Barabra Hammer, Lynne Sachs, Ken Jacobs, Lynn Marie Kirby, Mark Street, Bradley Eros, Bill Morrison, MM Serra, and others. International House Philadelphia will present these two compilations of short films and videos aside each other over two evenings.

Monday, January 16 at 8pm
For Life Against the War Pt. 1
dir, various, USA, 1967, 16mm, 75mins. color/b&w

For Life Against the War…Again Pt. 1
dir, various, USA, 2006, video, 39 min. color/b&w

Tuesday, January 17 at 8pm
For Life Against the War Pt. 2
dir, various, USA, 1967, 16mm, 39 min. color/b&w

For Life Against the War…Again Pt. 2
dir, various, USA, 2006, video,39 min. color/b&w

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Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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