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Punishment Park


1971, 16mm transferred to DVD, color, sound, 72 minutes, NR written and directed by Peter Watkins

British filmmaker Peter Watkins set this rarely-seen 16mm pseudo-documentary in an alternate universe in1970, only slightly removed from reality and resonant with present-day police actions against civilians.  A film crew follows two groups of radicals that have been rounded up for their political activities.  One is subject to a show trial, the other fights for survival in the Bear Mountain National Punishment Park, hunted to the death by police and the National Guard.  Courtesy of Project X Distribution.

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