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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.


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CURTIS' ABORTION


In conversation with Carol Vontobel (behind the camera) and Nancy Cain, Mary Curtis Ratcliff describes getting her first legal abortion soon after the state of New York legalised the procedure in 1970. Curtis supplies details of the cost of abortions at the Women’s Medical Center in NYC, versus clinics such as Planned Parenthood, as well as a play-by-play account of her experience.

  • Year
    1970
  • Runtime
    23 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Videofreex