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ATTICA - A film by CINDA FIRESTONE
 

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LANDMARK 1974 DOCUMENTARY RETURNS AFTER 33 YEARS WITH NEWLY RESTORED PRINT FOR SPECIAL SCREENING & Q+A WITH DIRECTOR CINDA FIRESTONE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8th

"There is nothing so eloquent as the last line of 'Attica', spoken by an ex-inmate who would shake the public out of its historic disinterest in penal reform. 'Wake up,' he says, 'because nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream.'" Vincent Canby, The New York Times.

Social unrest in the United States hit a boiling point, September 9, 1971, when inmates at Attica State - after months of protesting inhumane living conditions - revolted, seizing part of the prison and taking 35 hostages. The uprising resulted in 43 deaths after troopers were called in to suppress the rioters. Three years later, Cinda Firestone released this monumental investigation of the rebellion and its aftermath, piecing together documentary footage of the occupation and ensuing assault with video from the McKay Commission hearings that criticized Governor Nelson Rockefeller's handling of the incident and firsthand interviews with prisoners discharged after the event.

Unavailable for thirty-three years, Attica still is a sobering and revealing look into the heart of American justice, weighing the costs of institutional dishonesty and abuses of power against the price some will pay to retain human dignity.

In light of current events and reports of torture and other ill-treatment of detainees by US authorities in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, and at other secret locations, Attica has particularly significant relevance today.

Following a career as a journalist, Cinda Firestone began working in the film business. At 22, she directed Attica. Additional documentaries credits include, South Beach, Retirement and Mountain People, all of which aired on PBS. She wrote several original musicals for Children's Theater including "Questionable Quest," which played at the Beacon Theater. She is currently preparing a musical comedy, "Family Fortune" for Broadway.

Cinda is gratified that Attica has been restored by New York Women In Film and Television and is being seen again, because unfortunately the issues that Attica raises such as habeas corpus and The Bill Of Rights are being seriously undermined. 80 minutes

Cinda Firestone is available for interview. Worldwide distribution rights are available.

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