WITH DRAWN ARMS
Documentary Feature | 84 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2020
on Virtual Cinema, 10/8/2020 and 10/8/2020
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Directed by
Glenn Kaino
Afshin Shahidi

Produced by
Glen Zipper
Sean Stuart

Executive Produced by
John Legend
Jesse Williams
Ty Stiklorius
Mike Jackson

Featuring
Tommie Smith
Colin Kaepernick
Jesse Williams
Jemele Hill
Congressman John Lewis
Megan Rapinoe
Nelson George


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World Premiere

2020 | English | USA

OPENING NIGHT FILM

At the 1968 Olympics, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists from the podium during the medal ceremony as the American anthem played. Though this choice radically impacted Smith, throwing his personal and professional life into disarray, the defiant gesture has reverberated throughout the decades, adopted by generations of civil rights activists in their fight for social justice. Fifty years later, in an attempt to unpack the full breadth of Smith’s sacrifice—and the myriad ways it continues to resonate in the current reckoning over the racial injustice that still plagues America—artist and filmmaker Glenn Kaino partners with the gold medalist to finally tell his story and cement his legacy. As the two collaborate on a multidisciplinary art project, they connect with a new generation of activists. Featuring interviews with Megan Rapinoe, Colin Kaepernick, the late Congressman John Lewis, and Jesse Williams—who, along with John Legend, also executive produced the film—Glenn Kaino and Afshin Shahidi’s WITH DRAWN ARMS is a testament to the courage of those willing to make their voices heard, no matter the cost.

Thursday 10/8, 7pm | Drive-In, East Hampton
Thursday 10/8, 7pm | Drive-In, Amagansett

Available in the Virtual Cinema:
October 8 (7pm ET) through midnight on October 16

You must finish watching by midnight on Friday.

Note: This film may be viewed from anywhere in the United States.


FILMS OF CONFLICT AND RESOLUTION
Launched 21 years ago, this Signature Program is dedicated to showcasing films that deal with the complex issues and societal effects of war and violence. These films stimulate discussion about the myriad major issues and conflicts of our time. This year’s recipient of the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award is our Opening Night Film, WITH DRAWN ARMS.