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A film by Johanna Hamilton

79 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2015

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On March 8, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI's vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.

Despite conducting one of the most thorough investigations in its history, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in, and the citizens' identities remained a secret...until now. For the first time, they have decided to come forward and speak out about their actions. 1971 is their story.

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"Both a cat-and-mouse thriller and an examination of the abuses of government power that could hardly be timelier." - The Wrap

"'1971' unpacks a crucial but little known episode in modern political and journalistic history. The story, including its cat-and-mouse aftermath, adds the intricate excitement of a thriller to righteous historical outrage." - The New Yorker

"The story told here couldn't be more significant or more timely." - Los Angeles Times

"Straightforward and skillful." - The New York Times

"Deftly tracing the skullduggery of the mission as well as the impact of the find itself, '1971' crafts a thrilling lesson about how authoritarianism can be curbed, sometimes, by one simple and well-targeted blow." - PopMatters

"A well-constructed, vividly detailed account of the FBI break-in that exposed the agency's shocking illegal practices to the public." - Variety

Disc Features

● "Snowden on 1971" (85 minutes, 2015) - Edward Snowden in conversation with the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI

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