THE WEEK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: THE NEWARK RIOTS

By Kevin MCLAUGHLIN

RENAISSANCE PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Production 2013

1967: While the rest of the world celebrated “The Summer of Love,” the city of Newark, NJ suffered through 5 days of unrest that killed 26 people, destroyed millions of dollars worth of property, and left the city scarred for generations. Meet the police, the protesters, and the residents who lived

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kevin MCLAUGHLIN
    • Producer(s)
    • Kevin MCLAUGHLIN
    • Synopsis
    • “The Week that Changed the World” is a title chosen to illustrate what the Newark riots of 1967 meant to citizens of the area at that time. Today, it’s hard to believe that an event that few people remember or know anything about could have had such a huge impact on millions of people. That’s the story that this film attempts to tell. While the rioting killed 26 people, and certainly had a major affect on the families of those people, countless others were affected in many ways. Hundreds of family businesses were destroyed. Many thousands of people were displaced. And the white flight that was already underway was accelerated exponentially.
      The film begins with first-hand accounts of the disturbance from people who were there. The Week strives to include all sides of the story in as balanced a view as possible. People who lost loved ones in the riots, historians, police and firefighters, as well as activists who called for a powerful protest against the city’s corruption are seen side by side, all providing their own point of view. This Rashomon-like method underscores the primary problem behind the riots: everyone had their own perspective and couldn’t appreciate the mindset of the people opposing them.
      In the end, this is a story of how a city survives, and how its residents strive to move on after a tragedy. It’s a lesson in perseverance, as well as a cautionary tale for people all over the world who can learn from the tragedy of that hot summer.
    • Partners & financing
    • Self-funded at this time, seeking finishing funds.
    • Production schedule
    • Expected completion September 2013
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jun 01, 2011
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