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dvd76 AK PRESS
Shutdown
dvd76 (2009) DVD - $12.00
Our circle-a friends over at AK Press have just released this pertinent and critical look at one of the most important protests in the last decade. March 20, 2003-the day after the Iraq war began-15,000 people effectively shut down the financial district of San Francisco and sent a powerful and resounding message to the bigwigs upstairs. This DVD explores the highs, lows, pitfalls, and victories regarding the protest, plus provides valuable information on mass organization and a critical inquiry as to why it wasn't enough to bring the war grinding to a halt. Direct Action gets the goods!



They came carrying signs and babies. Eighty-year-olds in sweat suits and "28-year-olds in business suits, staging die-ins and blowing tubas and, sometimes, weeping. On March 20, 2003, thousands of Bay Area residents marched peacefully through San Francisco's Financial District, protesting America's invasion of Iraq and bringing traffic to a grinding halt. One of the march's main organizers was Direct Action to Stop the War, which was founded in October of 2002 and unraveled slowly afterward. In a new documentary, Shutdown: The Rise and Fall of Direct Action to Stop the War, Direct Action looks back at what worked and what failed in the spring of 2003, re-creating the fervor of the era through archival footage, photos, newspaper articles, and interviews with activists. With the protests' recent five-year anniversary and the reinvigoration of Direct Action - not to mention the fact that the Iraq War is still going - Shutdown may inspire some to take to the streets again."
- SF Weekly

"A marvelous film. The authors have done an extraordinary job of research into buried episodes and forgotten conversations to recapture, with eloquence and intelligence, a startling episode of resistance to war, capitalism, and the state in San Francisco."
- Andrej Grubacic, co-author of Wobblies and Zapatistas
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