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From Protest to Resistance was originally produced by KQED for National Educational Television (NET) – the predecessor of WNET – and first aired in 1968.
–A documentary film from 1968 produced by the KQED Film Unit, in the words of narrator Richard O. Moore: “Is about three veterans of Mississippi [of the Civil Rights movement] who have become peace spokesman for the new opposition activist. It traces their thought and action over the past year, as they see themselves moving from demonstration to political organizing.”
Features interviews, speeches and political reflections from
-Mario Savio (“for the new radical politics”),
-Stokely Carmichael (“speaks for Black Power”) and
-David Harris (“for the non-violent draft resistance”).
At one point, Savio expresses his opinion that: “Protest doesn’t work and it’s something which is very clear now.” All three men are wrestling with how to change the direction of U.S. domestic and foreign policy and are united in their opposition to the Vietnam War. Includes scenes of mass demonstrations,arrestst,s and also interviews and speeches by:
-President Lyndon Johnson; Julian Bond (25:11);
Robert Vaughn (25:24);
Suzanne Goldberg (Savio’s first wife);
William Appleman Williams;
Herbert Marcuse and Bobby Seale.
This film was directed by Moore, Saul Landau, and Irving Saraf, with additional photography by Philip Greene. This is indicated by subtitles. The opening graphic was designed by Carrie Hawks.
The TV Archive would like to thank the late Irving Saraf, for donating his 16mm optical print of this film. An Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Saraf used to teach film production at San Francisco State University. KQED funded a 2K digital transfer of this print in the Fall of 2015, by Movette Film Transfer in San Francisco.