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We Demand tells the story of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement from the perspective of James R. Roebuck, a northern-born African-American who studied at the University of Virginia during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Over a ten-day period of unprecedented student upheaval at the University, Roebuck, the first African American president of UVA’s Student Council, confronted a series of political challenges and existential dilemmas. This budding activist and future US representative was the quintessential militant insider whose cool temperament and ideological flexibility proved quite useful as UVA appeared on the verge of imploding from within.
The film is the third in a series of collaborative investigations of the political history of the University of Virginia by Claudrena N. Harold and Kevin Jerome Everson.
Claudrena N. Harold, born in 1976 in Jacksonville, Florida, is associate professor of African American Studies and History at the University of Virginia.
Kevin Jerome Everson, born 1965 in Mansfield, Ohio, is an artist, filmmaker, and currently a Professor of Art at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Virginia.
Production: Picture Palace Pictures, New York; Claudrena N. Harold, Charottesville
Screenplay: Claudrena N. Harold, Kevin Jerome Everson
Camera: Kevin Jerome Everson
With: Ricky Goldman, Richard Warner, Ryan Leach
Format: DCP, Color
Running time: 10 min
Photo: Courtesy of the artists, Trilobite-Arts-DAC, Picture Palace Pictures