New York Agora

The film chooses one geographical location--the greater New York area-- and explores the memory and legacy of the 60s counterculture through an intergenerational dialogue with NY political activists, artists and people on the street. The mosaic of voices heard in the documentary creates a public site--an agora’-- for memories, reflexions and hopes for the future to be shared beyond the confines of one’s community. Among the people interviewed are witnesses of the Newark riots, artists who gravitated around the Warhol factory, SDS activists from the Columbia strike of 68, early feminist artists, and one reverend. A film about the political debate and the hopes that brought Obama to the White House. ‘A what do we talk about when we talk about activism’ in the greater New York Area

  • Alberto Gabriele
    Africa Started
  • Alberto Gabriele
    Reading Popular Culture in Victorian Print; The Emergence of Precinema; Fragmentation, Movement and the Modern Episteme
  • Alberto Gabriele
  • Amiri Baraka
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  • Penny Arcade
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  • Taylor Mead
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  • Anita Steckel
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Director Biography - Alberto Gabriele

Alberto Gabriele, born at Pordenone, Italy, in 1970, started writing about cinema at 16 years of age, as a correspondent from the Venice Film Festival. He then continued his studies in Florence -where he graduated in romance philology-, Turin -where he specialized in literary translation- and in New York City -where he received first his M.A. as a Fulbright fellow and then a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. Among his books, Reading Popular Culture in Victorian Print (2009), The Emergence of Precinema (2016), Fragmentation Movement and the Modern Episteme (2017), and the collection of essays Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity (2016).
His short film ‘Africa Started’ premiered at the 38th edition of the Huesca Film Festival in June 2010 and has been in invited to the official competition of Filmets Barcelona.

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Director Statement

'New York Agora’ is dedicated to Brad Will, the Indynedia journalist killed while filming in Oaxaca, Mexico.