Sunday, April 9, 1961: 'Sunday'

In what is considered one of the first social-protest films of the 1960s, Dan Drasin records the day's events as several people are arrested in New York's Washington Square after demonstrating against the denial of a permit to play music. The result is the 17-minute documentary "Sunday." Under the headline "Folk Singers Riot in Washington Sq.", The New York Times reported: "At the height of the battle, hundreds of young people, many of the boys with beards or banjos and many of the girls with long hair or guitars, fought with fifty policemen in clashes across the square. Hundreds more, including some baffled tourists, watched."

* Watch "Sunday": @
* "How the Beatnik Riot Helped Kick Off The '60s" (story from NPR): @
* Excerpt from the book "Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader": @
* Dan Drasin's website: @

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