1971: Paranoia, Surveillance, and the American Dream

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When and Where:
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
at Central Library

40 E. St. Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Johanna Hamilton, Betty Medsger, Bonnie Raines, John Raines


Event Description:

Film screening and discussion of the documentary film 1971 with filmmaker Johanna Hamilton.

During the 1960s and 70s, thousands asked why the American Dream was out of reach to so many. They organized. They protested. They sought to make America more equal—and entrenched interests fought back. The FBI, led by J. Edgar Hoover, spread paranoia and distrust by use of surveillance, infiltration, and misinformation. The documentary film 1971 tells the story of the protesters and the journalists who exposed COINTELPRO, a secret FBI surveillance program that targeted Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Angela Davis, and others.

After a screening of 1971, join in discussion with filmmaker Johanna Hamilton and Bonnie and John Raines, two of the individuals who broke into FBI offices in 1971 to bring truth to light.

Walk-ins welcome, but RSVPs still requested.

Presented by the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Indiana Humanities, and the Indianapolis Public Library.

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