WOODSTOCK (The Director's Cut)
1970, Warner Bros., 228 min, USA, Dir: Michael Wadleigh

In THE OMEGA MAN, it’s no wonder that Charlton Heston, sole survivor of the human race, spends his days endlessly watching WOODSTOCK, the ultimate time capsule of the Love Generation. If any film captured the heady idealism, the free-form partying, drug-taking and love-making, and above all the great music of the late 1960s, this is it. The Who, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Sly & The Family Stone, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana - need we say more? We’ll be screening the much-extended Director’s Cut of the film, featuring many songs and performers not included in the original release version.


DUST AND ILLUSIONS
2009, 80 min, USA, Dir: Olivier Bonin

Born in the underground of San Francisco in the 1980s, the Burning Man festival became the largest counter-cultural event in North America. It is unique in that it is created by the people who come to the event - the participants, not the organizers. In that sense its original ideals have survived for 30 years, despite some erosion by time and pressure from the larger society. This film is a look at the evolution and expansion of the event to a multimillion dollar business, and how politics might have replaced philosophy.


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