Anarchism in America (film)

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Anarchism in America
Anarchism in America.jpg
Directed by Steven Fischler
Joel Sucher
Produced by Steven Fischler,
Joel Sucher
Written by Kristina Boden
Steven Fischler
Gerald Kagan
Lora Myers
Joel Sucher
Starring Paul Avrich
Jello Biafra
Murray Bookchin
Karl Hess
Music by Marc De Rossi
Steven Fischler
Cinematography Joan Churchill
Judy Irola (Mexico)
Gordon Quinn
Sandi Sissel
Edited by Kristina Boden
Distributed by Pacific Street Films,
AK Press
Release dates
January 15, 1983
Running time
75 min.
Language English

Anarchism in America is a 1983 documentary, directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher, and produced by Pacific Street Films. It has been re-released by AK Press to DVD. The film begins by explaining the filmmakers' interest in anarchism based on their involvement in the group Transcendental Students while in film school at NYU. The film includes interviews with influential anarchists Murray Bookchin, Paul Avrich, Jello Biafra, Mollie Steimer and Karl Hess, and with poet Kenneth Rexroth. It also discusses the Spanish Civil War, the Russian Revolution, the influence of Emma Goldman and the case of executed anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti.

The film labels anarchism as the only ideology that is staunchly anti-authoritarian, and discusses how anarchist ideals align with the revolutionary, independent spirit of America from rural communities to urban zones.

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