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The Five Demands

A film by Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss
Executive Produced by Stanley Nelson

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THE FIVE DEMANDS is a riveting story about the student strike that changed the face of higher education forever. In April 1969, a small group of Black and Puerto Rican students shut down the City College of New York, an elite public university located in the heart of Harlem. Fueled by the revolutionary fervor sweeping the nation, the strike soon turned into an uprising, leading to the extended occupation of the campus, classes being canceled, students being arrested, and the resignation of the college president.

Through archival footage and modern-day interviews, we follow the students’ struggle against the institutional racism that, for over a century, had shut out people of color from this and other public universities. The Five Demands revisits the untold story of this explosive student takeover, and proves that a handful of ordinary citizens can band together to take action and effect meaningful change. 

“Their films are deep, informative, and highly entertaining.” —LA Weekly

“Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss prove that savvy, relentless research can have a spectacular payoff.” —B. Ruby Rich, film critic

“THE FIVE DEMANDS presents a captivating look at the student strike that forever changed higher education. As the United States faces the possible rollback of affirmative action, the inspiring tale of the CUNY student movement is a powerful reminder of the value of determination and united effort in pursuing social justice.” —Overly Honest Movie Reviews

74 minutes / Color/B&W
Closed Captioned
Release: 2023
Copyright: 2023

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Education, Civil Rights, Racism, Social Movements

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