This is a follow up of The Time for Action is Now (vimeo.com/31285186).
Louis Reyes Rivera was an incredibly inspiring poet laureate, writer, educator, artist, activist and people’s historian of the CUNY movement. Rivera passed away on March 3, 2011. Our film is dedicated to him and the fire that he sparked.
We show Rivera in one of his last speeches at an inter generational exchange between former and current CUNY student activists. The event was organized by Students United for a Free CUNY – on October 27, 2011 at the AME Church in the Bronx, New York. His powerful words are inter cut with speeches by students from different universities at Union Square as part of the Occupy Wall Street Day of Action on November 17, 2011.
At a stature of less than 5 feet, Rivera literally embodied with his loud, steady, luminous flow of prose-poetry that we, history’s little folks, could galvanize and transform any space we occupied.
Conor Tomás Reed
Louis Reyes Rivera, known as “the janitor of history,” is the type of person who we often allow to fall through the cracks of recorded “official” history, but whose memory is passed on through the African oral tradition.
Documentation is a behavior I learned from him. Archive is a survival instinct he tried to teach us all.
Learn more about the long tradition of CUNY’s freedom fighters:
Struggle for a free CUNY ::: studentsunitedforafreecuny.wordpress.com/
Occupy CUNY News ::: occupycunynews.org/
Brought to you by Iva Radivojevic (ivaasks.com) & Martyna Starosta (thefilmdetective.org)