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Inside Red China / Committee On Un-American Activities

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December 11, 2022 - 7:00 pm
filmmaker Robert Carl Cohen.

Inside Red China

U.S., 1957

While an observer at the Sixth World Youth Festival in Moscow in 1957, Cohen was hired by NBC-TV to report on a group of American students touring China in defiance of the U.S. government's travel ban. Taking the assignment, Cohen became the first U.S. journalist to film in China since the Communist victory there in 1949. The result is a still fascinating travelogue of a country undergoing seismic changes in every aspect of life.

Digital video, b&w, 45 min. Director: Robert Carl Cohen.

Committee on Un-American Activities

U.S., 1962

By 1962, the House Committee Investigating Un-American Activities had been riding roughshod over American politics and culture for almost three decades, devastating the lives of countless individual citizens in its paranoid hunt for "subversion." In this first of its kind activist documentary, Robert Carl Cohen takes the Committee to task through a critical history of its founding and its corrosive effects on American public life culminating in an incisive take down of a government-funded propaganda film about student protests in San Francisco as communist subversives.

Digital video, b&w, 45 min. Director: Robert Carl Cohen.