El Pueblo Se Levanta
Where: Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave.
212-534-1672 Price: $12 & up; $10 for Museum Members
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In the late 1960s, conditions for Puerto Ricans in the United States reached a breaking point. Produced in 1971, the hard-hitting documentary El Pueblo Se Levanta (50 min) focuses on the poverty and oppression of New York City’s own East Harlem. Narrated by the people it portrays, the film captures the dual compassion and militancy of the activist group the Young Lords as they began to take direct action to improve the conditions of their community. Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a talkback with Juan González of Democracy Now! and moderated by Museum curator Dr. Sarah Seidman.
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Co-presented with Jessica Green at the Maysles Documentary Center as part of their ongoing non-fiction film series Made in Harlem: Class of ’68.
This screening is also part of our Activism on Film series, which delves into stories of social activism in New York City inspired by our ongoing Activist New York exhibition. To view all the programs in the series, click here.
About the Speakers:
Juan González is the co-host of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public television and radio stations worldwide, and is the Richard D. Heffner Professor in Communications and Public Policy at Rutgers University. A founding member of the Young Lords Party in the 1970s, González has written five books, most recently Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End American’s Tale of Two Cities (The New Press, 2017)
Dr. Sarah Seidman (moderator) is the Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York. She is the curator of Activist New York, which has just opened a new section on the Young Lords, “Power to All Oppressed People: The Young Lords in New York, 1969-1976.”Buy tickets/get more info now