DIRECTOR: CINDA FIRESTONE
In September of 1971, more than half of the 2,800 inmates at the correctional facility in Attica, New York rose up and took staff hostage, demanding address of their pleas for better treatment. Firestone’s investigative film retraces the peaceful petitioning that led up to this standoff and the bloodbath that followed when negotiations broke down. One of the greatest examples of filmmaking journalism, and an outraged eulogy whose poignancy has only increased in the intervening years.
Print courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Preservation of this film was made possible by a grant from the Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film and Television.