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Documenting uncannily topical subject matter - from tear gas and protester tensions at the 1972 Republican Convention, to the Black Panther’s Fred Hampton advocating Free Breakfasts For Children - the Videofreex both revolutionised and radicalised citizen journalism in the late ‘60s.

Alongside other US guerilla TV collectives such as TVTV and the Raindance Foundation, the ‘Freex were galvanised by the creation of the cheap and portable Sony Portapak camera, viewing it as a revolutionary tool to take on the ‘Big Three’ networks.

Cultivating a firmly left and sympathetic platform for subjects sidelined by mainstream reportage, they interviewed the decade’s defining civil rights and anti-war activists, displaying satirical wit, a radical empathy and righteous hunger for change.

Programmed by Tom Grimshaw. 105’

Presented in association with Video Data Bank.

This programme contains description of abortion.

Subtitles are provided with thanks to our partnership with Subly.



On 26 Aug 1970, 10,000 women marched down New York's Fifth Avenue to mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. Shot before and during the march, Videofreex interview women sitting in cars alongside the route, protestors, counter protestors, and passersby.

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    24 minutes
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    United States
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