Join us for brunch as Professor Peter Rutkoff (Kenyon College) once again leads a post-screening dialogue following the 28 minute film. Stop by the Companion Art Exhibition at the Smithy as you head to the next film.
hosted by Peter Rutkoff
The Sixth Side of the Pentagon, Chris Marker’s famous short documentary on (arguably) the most important anti-Vietnam war demonstration of the 1960s, is focused on the march to the Pentagon in 1967. On October 21, 1967, over 100,000 protestors gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam. It was the largest protest yet, and it brought together a wide cross-section of liberals, radicals, hippies, and Yippies. Che Guevara had been killed in Bolivia only two weeks previously, and, for many, it was the transition from simply marching against the war, to taking direct action to try to stop the ‘American war machine.’ The protest also served as the tipping point for wider public opinion on the war, fueling anti-war sentiment more broadly than before. The film, however, is not just an observational documentary, as Marker’s commentary is unequivocally on the side of the protestors in this huge demonstration against military might and the Pentagon, which in 1967 symbolized the war in Vietnam—and a historical “passage” in America. (Chris Marker, 1968, 28 minutes)