The Unmaking of a College

Friday, February 11 - Thursday, February 24, 2022

Q&A following the 7:50pm show on Friday, February 11th with director Amy Goldstein and subjects Marlon Bacerra (Student, Hampshire Rise Up), Cheyenne Palacio-McCarthy (Student, Hampshire Commencement speaker), Dusty Christensen (Journalist, Hampshire Gazette), Salman Hameed (Professor, Hampshire College) and Margaret Cerullo and following the 7:50pm show on Saturday, February 12th with director Amy Goldstein, Marlon Becerra (Student, Hampshire Rise Up), Cheyenne Palacio-McCarthy (Student, Hampshire Commencement speaker), Margaret Cerullo (Professor, Hampshire College).

THE UNMAKING OF A COLLEGE delves into the 2019 crisis at Hampshire College when students led a 75-day sit-in – the longest in American college history – at the new president’s office to thwart her underhanded attempt to give up the independence of one of the most experimenting colleges in the United States. From the start, the students were filming events to hold the administration accountable and empower their movement. Alum Goldstein weaves their powerful documentation with interviews with students, professors, whistleblowers, and alumni including filmmaker Ken Burns. A raucous ode to democracy in action, this film evokes the courage required to stand up to power at a time when many liberal arts colleges are failing.

  • Running Time 84 minutes
  • Distributor Zeitgeist Films
  • Director Amy Goldstein
  • Producer Anouchka van Riel, Troy Takaki
  • Editor Troy Takaki, Caitlin Dixon, Joe Booroojian
  • Cast Ken Burns, Marlon Becerra, Joshua Berman, Cheyenne Palacio-McCarthy, Rhys MacArthur
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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