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TR-280444-21

Jezebel Productions, Inc. (New York, NY 10001-4754)
Andrea Ruth Weiss (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
The Five Demands: Two Volatile Weeks that Changed the Face of Higher Education

Production of a seventy-five-minute documentary film examining the legacy of the 1969 strike by Black and Puerto Rican students at City College of New York.

This proposal is for the production of a 75-minute documentary film on the 1969 campus strike by Black and Puerto Rican students at the City College of New York. These students were at the forefront of a national protest movement which transformed the culture, the mission, and the curriculum of American higher education. Building on ground-breaking humanities scholarship, our documentary tells the dramatic story of this defining moment in the history of student protest, one that literally changed the face of American universities. The two-week campus shut-down resulted in the controversial policy of Open Admissions, the longest and most ambitious attempt by any American institution to address inequalities in access to higher education. The challenges this policy presented led to profound changes in thinking about the role and purpose of higher education: what the university is, whom it serves, what is taught- questions that continue to confront us as a nation.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 2/28/2023