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8th(2006)



Up against the Wall, Miss America

New York Newsreel

  • USA
  • 1968
  • 6min
  • Beta
  • black and white

Against a backdrop of the original tune “Don’t be a Miss America~, ain’t gonna be a Miss America~,” this film presents the raw documentation of the historic feminist cultural movement which attempted to stop the 1968 Miss America pageant. Women’s liberation activists stormed the streets in protest and engaged in guerrilla theater opposed to the pageant’s distortion of female beauty standards. The Miss America they chose was a slow-minded sheep, and Miss America paper dolls were used as well. A film depicting the strategies used by the feminist movement in the 1960s to fight against the male-centric mainstream society. (Cho Hye-young)

Director

  • New York NewsreelNew York Newsreel

    In 1967, independent filmmakers and activists including Robert Kramer launched the Newsreel movement in order to take active part in social resistance. The media’s distortion of the large-scale anti-war rally that took place in front of the Department of Defense in 1967 triggered the Newsreel movement which instantaneously spread nationwide. To separate itself from other Newsreel organizations in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vermont, the New York center was called the New York Newsreel, which changed its name to Third World Newsreel in 1974. Some fifty-odd members including Geri Ashur, director of Janie’s Janie (1971) and Christine Choy of To Love, Honor & Obey, were actively involved in the New York Newsreel, quickly putting together works on social issues and activism that media outlets would usually shy away from, and distributing the films to schools and activist organizations. Their goal was to promote resistance against war, imperialism and discrimination based on sex, class and race. The films co-directed by women filmmakers who worked at New York Newsreel include Make Out (1972), She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (1967), and Up Against the Wall, Miss America (1968). Other works include, Columbia Revolt (1968), Summer ’68 (1969), No Game (1968), Black Panther (1968) and People’s War (1969).

Credit

  • ProducerNew York Newsreel