U.S., 2019, 96 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Barak Goodman, Not Rated, PBS Distribution
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation
“Uses the perspective of nearly 50 years’ hindsight to demonstrate anew how the festival was both a mess and a miracle, and implicitly argues that it was a good deal more miracle than mess.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
With never-before-seen footage, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation tells the story of the political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself, when near disaster put the ideals of the counterculture to the test. What took place in that teeming mass of humanity — the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half-a-million strong throng of young people — was nothing less than a miracle of unity, a manifestation of the “peace and love” the festival had touted, and a validation of the counterculture’s promise to the world. Who were these kids? What experiences and stories did they carry with them to Bethel, New York that weekend, and how were they changed by their time in the muck and more of Max Yasgur’s farm? Directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman, Woodstock takes us back — half-a-century later — to the three days that defined a generation.
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