The Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival, Germany. The World Film Festival — Montreal.
Director: Oliver Hockenhull 75 minutes-- 16 mm - colour and B.W. -- Sound/Music: Burke/Hockenhull, DOA, The Subhumans, Gerry Hannah.
Herein lies the film’s central contradiction: that its dense sound- and image-filled surface, one that appears to be committed to specific beliefs, is really only a vision of a terrible spiritual emptiness, the emptiness of the prison of a culture that seeks to deny all of us our fundamental humanity. But then, the real contemplation of apocalypse that the film attempts must lead in itself to a denial of belief. In the words of another of the film’s texts, “The centre is no longer occupied by a political power but by a capacity for complete destruction.”
*** (A must-see) By Fred Camper / Chicago Reader
“A driving warp speed dissection of the Squamish Five story, with a soundtrack that alone is worth the price of admission.” Elizabeth Aird, The Vancouver Sun.
The Squamish Five were a group of militant anarchist from the West Coast who were involved with a number of Direct Actions that occurred across Canada in the early 80's - their actions constituted the most radical political protest in Canada since the October crises. Key actions included protests against the then Liberal-Trudeau Government support of the U.S. Cruise Missile Tests in Northern Alberta and the manufacturing of the guidance system of the Cruise Missiles by Litton Industries of Ontario, other environmental concerns & feminist / gender issues.
"Hockenhull has a radical take on the well worn revelation of political hypocrisy, using a whole arsenal of techniques to create the overall effect of acute despair." Mary Beth Crain, Los Angeles Weekly.