The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years - Volume 1, 1967-1968 DVD


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Part 1 of the The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years, Volumes 1-3.

"Vintage artifacts from the bygone heydey of gritty 16mm activist doc-making, when idealism was sky-high, when when film classes made movies out of on-campus crises, and when active protest was doubly worth doing if you were doing it on film."
- Michael Atkinson, Sight & Sound, 2011.

"Beautiful meditations on youth and what that truly means... may very well be two of the most important documentaries for the younger generations to re-visit, or be introduced to for the first time. Absolutely universal, these films haven’t lost a step aesthetically or intellectually."
- Joshua Brunsting, CriterionCast, 2013.


For over 45 years, Kartemquin Films has been producing documentaries that examine and critique society through the stories of real people. In this first volume of a three-part series, you can experience some of the classic films that marked the early years of Kartemquin Films. 

The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years, Volume 1: 1967-1968 features two cinema verité documentaries, Parents and Thumbs Down

In Parents, a Chicago parish youth group discusses issues of parental authority, growing up, and the struggle to communicate with their parents.
In Thumbs Down, the youth group holds an anti-war Mass and the confrontation reveals the deepening crisis of communication between their generation and that of their parents, priests and neighbors.


Interview with the Filmmakers Original <i>Thumbs Down</i> trailer Original <i>Thumbs Down </i> Discussion Guide