SNCC 60th Anniversary Conference Screening | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Educational Media Reviews Online
U.S. History • Ethnic Studies • African American Studies • Latinx Studies • Puerto Rican History • Urban Studies • Social Justice • Racism • Political Science
Date of Completion: 2019 | Run Time: 55 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript and Discussion Guide | Director & Producer: Ray Santisteban
The First Rainbow Coalition charts the history and legacy of a groundbreaking multi-ethnic coalition that rocked Chicago in the 1960s. Comprised of activists from the Black Panthers, the Young Patriots (southern whites), and the Young Lords (a former Puerto Rican street gang), Chicago’s Rainbow Coalition (1969-1971) united poor Blacks, Whites, and Latinos to openly challenge police brutality and substandard housing in one of the most segregated cities in America.
Bridging past and present, The First Rainbow Coalition examines the legacy of the Rainbow Coalition, exploring how contemporary problems that displace the poor in urban areas, such as gentrification and the relationship between the police and poor and minority communities, are fundamentally linked to the defining issues around which the Rainbow Coalition was organized. A thought-provoking film that sparks new dialogue about the 1960s, The First Rainbow Coalition provides an unparalleled platform for contemporary discussions on race and class in an increasingly divided United States.
Educational Media Reviews Online | Reviewed by Daniel L. Thacker, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Altoona
"The First Rainbow Coalition will fit well for political science and US history courses that need examples of a people’s history or class struggle. This film demonstrates multi-ethnic people and interracial politics joining forces for a common cause during one of the most tumultuous times in United States history."
Video Librarian | Kevin Hall
"The film deftly combines archival footage with interviews from former members of these groups in order to tell the story of how these 3 disparate groups found unity during turbulent times. Santisteban eschews a narrator, instead letting those who lived during this partnership tell the story. It is an eye-opening tale and one that, until this documentary, flew under the radar."
AL DÍA NEWS Media
"This is the extraordinary story told by The First Rainbow Coalition, a documentary by San Antonio filmmaker Ray Santisteban, which will air on PBS, and features a young Black activist, Bobby Lee, who mustered the courage to go north of segregated Chicago to the poor white area with the firm purpose of sealing an alliance with his fiercest racial enemies –in pursuit of the common good."
Nomination - ABC News VideoSource Award | IDA Documentary Awards
World Premiere | Chicago International Film Festival
Official Selection | OC Latino Film Fiesta
Official Selection | Santa Fe International Film Festival
Official Selection | Teaneck International Film Festival
Official Selection | Pan African Film Festival
Official Selection | San Diego Latino Film Festival
Official Selection | Patois Human Rights Film Festival
Official Selection | Global Peace Film Festival
Official Selection | RiverRun International Film Festival
Best Music Composition for Film or TV | 35th Annual Imagen Awards
Best Documentary Short | San Antonio Black International Film Festival
Impact Award | (in) Justice for All Film Festival
Curly Cohen Fan Favorite Award | (in) Justice for All Film Festival
Sunrise Trophy | Better World Film Festival
Nomination - Best Documentary | Official Latino Film Festival
REQUEST A GOOD TALK WITH RAY SANTISTEBAN
Director of THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION
Independent filmmaker Ray Santisteban has worked for the past twenty-six years as a documentary filmmaker. His work consistently explores activist and artist profiles, addressing the themes of justice, memory and political transformation. A graduate of NYU's film and TV production program, he has explored a variety of subjects, including New York Black Panther leader Dhoruba Bin Wahad - PASSIN' IT ON (Co-producer), the roots of Puerto Rican poetry in NUYORICAN POETS CAFE (1994, Director, Producer, Editor), Chicano poetry in VOICES FROM TEXAS (2003, Director, Producer) and VISIONES: LATINO ART AND CULTURE IN THE U.S. (Senior Producer), a three hour PBS series nationally broadcast in 2004. He recently directed and produced THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION.
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Featured in THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION
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Featured in THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION
Gaddis has traveled to six continents and worked in several countries and served as an advocate for issues affecting the African Diaspora. Most notably as a volunteer consultant to Afro-Venezuelan fishing cooperatives and combating racism on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast.