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The Rise and Fall of Direct Action to Stop the War

Beca Lafore (Director); Helia Rasti (Director); Jonathan Stribling-Uss (Director)

  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Format: DVD
  • Binding: DVD
  • Released: Feb 17, 2009

Published by AK Press


On March 20, 2003—the day after the war started—San Francisco was brought to a grinding halt by thousands of activists who occupied the streets to oppose the war. It was a mass uprising that forced the police to declare the financial district "shut down." The planning and outreach coordinated by Direct Action to Stop the War (DASW), filled downtown San Francisco with approximately 15,000 people clogging traffic, stopping business as usual, communicating with passersby, and creating a pandemonium that lasted for several days.
But neither DASW nor the mass resistance outlasted Iraq's occupation.
Shutdown: The Rise and Fall of Direct Action to Stop the War, is an action-packed documentary chronicling how DASW successfully organized to shut down a major US city and how they failed to effectively maintain the organization to fight the war machine and end the occupation of Iraq.
Created by organizers involved with DASW, Shutdown combines detailed information on organizing for a mass action, critical interviews on organizing pitfalls, and the wisdom of hindsight. It is a must-see film for those engaged in the continuous struggle toward social justice.

Chapter 1 Of War and Resistance
Chapter 2 (3:40:13): Elements of Success
Chapter 3 (6:21:20): Mapping the Action Plan
Chapter 4 (10:55:22): Organized Anarchy: Affinity Groups, Clusters, Spokescouncils
Chapter 5 (17:47:16): Scratching the Surface of a General Strike
Chapter 6 (19:45:15): Moving from War to Occupation
Chapter 7 (22:35:02) The Fall of Spring
Chapter 8 (26:42:01) : Power Unchecked
Chapter 9 (33:33:03) Reflections on Fire
Chapter 10 (40:36:19) Aftermath
Extended Interview Footage: 51 minutes
Interview with filmmakers: 16 minutes

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