Revolution ’67: Revisiting Stories of Discontent

Revolution ’67 explores theories new and old about the “summer of discontent” in Newark. The civil disturbance took the lives of 26 individuals and caused millions of dollars in property damage in the city. The creators of the film, Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno, met to discuss the process of filmmaking and respond to its controversy.


I had the opportunity to speak with Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno yesterday evening about their film Revolution ’67, which has been making headlines in New Jersey for its portrayal of the “summer of discontent” in Newark. The civil disturbance took the lives of 26 individuals and caused millions of dollars in property damage in the city, which recognized the fortieth anniversary of the event last Thursday.

The interview is about 31 minutes. Press the play button below to listen.

[audio:http://dailynewarker.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/tdn-bongiorno-0707162.mp3%5D

On the podcast, we discussed:

  • how they became interested in making the film
  • perceptions of Newark today
  • why it’s hard to find accessible material about the civil disturbance
  • raising the dialog about poverty, classism and racism to a national discussion
  • recent criticism about the film
  • issues that prevent government from stepping in and dealing with poverty and the “elephant in the room”
  • next steps: festival circuit and Europe run
  • BONUS question from Jerome: why I started the Daily Newarker 😉

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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