Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

AMERICAN ANARCHIST

 

Year: 2016
Country: USA
Run Time: 80 minutes

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AMERICAN ANARCHIST
AMERICAN ANARCHIST
AMERICAN ANARCHIST
AMERICAN ANARCHIST

In 1971 a 19-year-old named William Powell wrote The Anarchist’s Cookbook. Made in the turbulent era of the Vietnam War, the book laid out a manifesto against the government. Its message also offered violence as a means to bring about political change. Included in the text were recipes to make bombs, which have been used by viscous criminals to carry out attacks and linked to school shootings in Columbine and elsewhere, as well as the Oklahoma City bombings and the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords. Terrorists from ISIS and Al Queda have reportedly used it as well. After its publication, Powell became disillusioned by his own words. He moved abroad to teach children with disabilities and largely ignored the book and its legacy. In AMERICAN ANARCHIST, the filmmakers ponder whether Powell has done enough throughout the years to denounce his writings. The interviews become uncomfortable when the author is confronted with the carnage connected to his text. This striking documentary provides proof that our words can live on forever, regardless of whether or not we still believe them. —E.F.

AMERICAN ANARCHIST

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competition
Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition

Director
Charlie Siskel

Screenwriting
Charlie Siskel

Cinematography
Nina Bernfeld

Editing
Chris Mckinley

Director Bio
Charlie Siskel is an Oscar®-and Emmy-nominated filmmaker from Los Angeles, California. He is the nephew of film critic Gene Siskel. He began his career as a producer on Michael Moore's award-winning television series The Awful Truth.

Select Filmography
"Finding Vivian Maier" (2013), AMERICAN ANARCHIST (2016)

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Cleveland Public Library

Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland Chapter

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