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The Kartemquin Films Collection

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Chicago-based Kartemquin Films has been a center for independent documentary filmmaking since the 1960s. This collection includes classic films from Kartemquin made in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.

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Now We Live on CliftonNow We Live on Clifton

Children talk about their fear of being forced out of their neighborhood by the gentrification.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1974 ♦ 26 minutes
ParentsParents

A parish youth group in a lower middle-class Chicago neighborhood discusses parental authority, what growing up means, and the difficulties of communicating with their parents.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1968 ♦ 22 minutes
Refrigerator MothersRefrigerator Mothers

From the 1950's through the 1970's, autism was widely blamed on cold and rejecting mothers. This film explores the devastating impact of this misdiagnosis through the stories of seven mothers and their children.

The Fanlight Collection ♦ 2002 ♦ 53 minutes ♦ College/Adult/Professional
Taylor Chain I: A Story in a Union LocalTaylor Chain I: A Story in a Union Local

The gritty realities of a seven-week strike at a small Indiana chain factory during 1973-74.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1980 ♦ 33 minutes
Taylor Chain II: A Story of Collective BargainingTaylor Chain II: A Story of Collective Bargaining

A return 10 years later to the Taylor Chain plant to show labor and management working together against the odds.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1983 ♦ 30 minutes
Thumbs DownThumbs Down

A teenage youth group decides "to bring Christ to their neighborhood" by holding an anti-war Mass at their conservative Chicago parish.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1968 ♦ 102 minutes
Trick BagTrick Bag

Gang members, Vietnam vets, and young factory workers talk about their personal experience with racism - who gets hurt and who profits.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1974 ♦ 21 minutes
UE/WellsUE/Wells

The record of an organizing drive by the United Electrical Workers Union at the Wells Foundry in Chicago.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1975 ♦ 15 minutes
Viva la CausaViva la Causa

A colorful record of the making of a mural in Chicago's Pilsen community by Ray Patlán, and the roots of the mural movement of the mid-1970's in Mexico.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1974 ♦ 12 minutes
What the Fuck Are These Red Squares?What the Fuck Are These Red Squares?

Striking students meet at a "Revolutionary Seminar" at the Art Institute of Chicago in response to the invasion of Cambodia and the killing of protesting students at Kent and Jackson State Universities.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1970 ♦ 15 minutes

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