Sunday, 13 July 2014

San Francisco Diggers

Director: Jean Pierre Zirn, Celine Deransart & Alice Gaillard
Producer: Jean Pierre Zirn
Genre: Documentary
Produced In: 1998

Synopsis: "Do your own thing". This could have been a slogan in Paris '68. This had been written four years earlier by the San Francisco "Diggers", a reference to XVIIth century’s egalitarians English revolution. In San Francisco’s parks, free meals and concerts, happenings: "Death of Money" were held. Poems on such issues as: overthrowing society, gratuitousness, and free love circulated. A mid-way between Berkeley’s students uprising and Haight Ashbury’s psychedelic révolution, they toughen their movement, abolish money, declare "Haight Hasbury a free town", and greet hippies. From 1966 to 1968, the street becomes the stage of their guerilla theatre, meals distribution, free stores…. Thirty years later, they are scattered all over California and committed to the green cause. The myth still lives through San Francisco and the undergound culture. Those who carry on the "digger" spirit, tell its legend. This documentary uses as much the records as the Diggers’ present account.

By North Utsire

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