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September 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Attica poster

Come join and support Liberation Literacy at our first public fundraiser on the 46th anniversary of the Attica uprising. We will be screening Cinda Firestone’s 1974 documentary of Attica, with support from Cinema Project.

Cost: By Donation – suggested donation $5.
​Light refreshments will be provided. ​

1974, USA, 16mm, 80 min.
directed by Cinda Firestone

a special screening and fundraiser for Liberation Literacy

Saturday, September 7th, 7pm
Yale Union, 800 SE 10th Ave
$5 Suggested Donation
Seating is limited to 50 people. Please come early.

Liberation Literacy, whose mission is “to build social justice literacy in prisons in order to re-imagine and re-articulate the relationship between incarceration, our community, and ourselves” is holding a special screening of ATTICA on the anniversary of the uprising. The event will raise money for books for the social justice reading program, which takes place inside of the Columbia River Correctional Institution, and to cover printing costs for a newsletter made with the Independent Publishing Resource Center.

Social unrest in the United States hit a boiling point on September 9, 1971, when prisoners of Attica State Prison—after months of protesting inhuman living conditions—revolted, seizing part of the prison and taking 35 hostages. The uprising resulted in 43 deaths after troopers were called in to suppress the rioters. Three years later, Cinda Firestone released this monumental investigation of the rebellion and its aftermath, piecing together documentary footage of the occupation and the ensuing assault with video from the McKay Commission hearings that criticized Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s handling of the incident and firsthand interviews with prisoners discharged after the event.

Unavailable for 33 years, ATTICA still is a sobering and revealing look into the heart of American justice, weighing the costs of institutional dishonesty and abuses of power against the price some will pay to retain human dignity.

The 16mm print of ATTICA is courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts. Preservation of ATTICA was made possible by a grant from the Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television.

The film screening is sponsored by Yale Union and Cinema Project, and would not have been possible without an Arts Equity grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.


September 9, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Yale Union
800 SE 10th Avenue
Portland, OR United States
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