Fifty years ago this month, Rochester was ripped apart by a wave of civil unrest that destroyed neighborhoods, pitted police against demonstrators, and left a disquieting stream of distrust and community distress in its wake.
This month, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary, you can watch the film July ’64 online, or in person at the Little Theatre in a FREE special screening on Sunday, July 20 at 6:30 PM. This groundbreaking film, produced ten years ago by Chris Christopher and created by filmmaker Carvin Eison, explores the conditions that contributed to the outbreak of anger and violence. The screening at the Little will be followed by a discussion with Chris Christopher and Carvin Eison. It will also feature the trailer for Carvin Eison’s new film, July ’14, that explores where Rochester stands on health, education and jobs now, fifty years after this historic event.
If you’re unable to make the screening, watch the movie here.