UNITED STATES | ORIGINAL VERSION: ENGLISH | SUBTITLES: FRENCH
The movie is presented as part of [email protected]: Cinema screens at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The screening will take place in the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium at the MMFA.
An evocative synthesis of Bertolt Brecht and cinéma-vérité, Peter Watkins’s dystopic fiction depicts a United States where government authorities, citing the McCarran Act, detain political activists on the grounds that they "probably will engage in [...] acts of espionage or sabotage." The film follows the televised trial of one group of detainees and the progress of another who have opted for a grueling endurance course in lieu of lengthy prison sentences.
-Kate McKay, BAMPFA