DER Documentary

The Collective: Fifteen Years Later

The Collective: Fifteen Years Later launch preview watch a preview

by Richard Broadman
b&w, 60 min, 1985

NEW! Institutional Streaming Options:

I have read and agree to the Terms & Conditions

Non-profit, K-12, and Individual pricing also available
See pricing information and conditions

In 1970, thousands of young people thought of themselves as agents of change. They wanted to restore America's democratic vision; they wanted to end the war in Vietnam. This is the story of one collective — their successes and failures, and what they do and think fifteen years later.

The Collective is a consistently absorbing document that evenhandedly and compassionately embraces the paradoxes, contradictions, idealism and just plain nuttiness that the survivors ruefully recall — there's a lot of emotional and psychic history written on the lived-in faces in The Collective. Its intimate scale and introspective tone double its impact.” — Jay Carr, The Boston Globe
“[The Collective] focuses on these activists' political ideals, and on how the decision to be "revolutionaries" altered their lives... The recollections of the seven interviewees, show mostly in close-up, are sober, self-critical and illuminating. Today, the documentary's subjects aren't occupying buildings any more but most have remained activists — in tenant's groups, community organizations and the like. Curiously, but perhaps fittingly, these radicals who were once reviled for opposing the American way have become models of concerned citizenry.” — Scott Rosenber, Boston Phoenix

View more photos on

Catalog of New Films DER new films catalog cover
Join Our Mailing List
Suport DER
Supported By Massachusetts Cultural Council National Endowment for the Humanities National Endowment for the Arts