Director: Jouko Aaltonen, Documentary, 80 minutes, Finland, 2005
Nothern Lights Film Festival A documentary musical about Finland’s 1970s generation, and their protests that demanded a better world. Music played a central role in political protest and just like millions of other young people across the globe, Finland’s youth started bands whose songs told stories of battles, socialism, and described the horrors of the events unfolding in Vietnam and Chile.
This film not only celebrates their passion but also looks at what happened next as they grew up and started to join ‘conventional’ society.
Combining live music from the time alongside new footage of the original musicians singing their old combat songs within the confines of their current jobs, this is a fascinating look at the human psyche, showing just how easy it can be to forget what you believe in and move on with the rat race.
Finnish Film Foundation Revolution is a documentary musical about the 70’s generation’s fight for a better world. Socialism seemed like a real alternative. The movement offered a whole unified world where it would be easy to be on the right side – against anything old and reactionary. Songs played a central role in this revolution. Hundreds of song groups sprung up. The songs told stories of battles, solidarity, socialism, Vietnam, Chile. Now middle-aged former revolutionaries return to their combat songs, singing in the environments revealing their present status and work places. Music creates some distance and in many ways, depicts the experiences and spirit of the era. The music also symbolizes the pomposity and rhetoric often so blatantly and comically at odds with reality and everyday life.
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three children in Brooklyn, New York, during the early 1980's. Uprooted
to a new neighborhood and bused into a predominantly white middle
school two hours away by his strict, hard-working parents, Chris (Tyler
James Williams) struggles to find his place while keeping his siblings
in line at home and surmounting the challenges of junior high. This
responsible resilient adolescent brings a distinct, funny spin to his
everyday trials and traumas in UPN's new single-camera comedy EVERYBODY
Everybody Hates Chris also visits the previously unmined territory of
black generational nostalgia. Instead of the disco-tinged memories of
That 70s Show, Chris features a 13-year-old boy with Grandmaster Flash
posters on his wall and a fantasy life populated with fly girls and
puffy white sneakers. It also has a bouncy period soundtrack, ranging
from Run-DMC to the Furious Five to the Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder
collaboration "Ebony and Ivory." I only hope this brave little David of
a sitcom, scheduled against Goliaths like The O.C. (one of the whitest
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Exkurs: Natur (1981)
Matthias Schuster: Im Namen Des Volkes (1981)
Grauzone: Eisbar (1981)
Monoton: Root Of 1 = 1 (1983)
Andreas Dorau: Arriverderci (1982)
Christiana F: Wunderbar (1982)
Die Dominas: Die Wespendomina (1981)
Asmus Tietchens: Unterhaltsmusik (1983)
Underground NDW 1980-1983: Neue Deutsche Welle
(New German Wave, often abbreviated NDW) was a style of German music
originally derived from punk rock and New Wave in 1976. The term "Neue
Deutsche Welle" was first coined by journalist Alfred Hilsberg, whose
article about the movement titled "Neue Deutsche Welle - Aus grauer
Städte Mauern" was published in the magazine Sounds in 1979.