Fri 5/5 @ 8PM
The events of May 4, 1970 at Kent State University never lose their grip on people’s imaginations, even now, nearly 50 years later. There continues to be speculation about why the shootings happened and how, how organized was the demonstration/National Guard reaction, who saw or heard what, and what did it mean.
Those who were there have told their stories in many forms — at the memorial at KSU, in book form and in the documentary film Fire in the Heartland, which covers the events of May 4 and sets them in the larger context of the political movements of the ’60s and ’70s. The original film has been updated with more information about the aftermath, the subsequent anti-war protests at the university and the attempts to block a gym from being built on the site of the fatal protestor/National Guard clash.
As part of the annual activities commemorating May 4, the film will be shown at the Kent Stage. Filmmaker Daniel Miller and several who were there on May 4 will participate in a Q&A session after the screening. Admission is $7.