Following the break-up by police of a sit-in in Senate House at the University of Warwick on December 3rd 2014, a rally of over 1,000 students attended a 'Cops Off Campus' rally the next day which lead directly to a week-long occupation.
'Our University!' is a protest documentary interviewing representatives of the December 2014 occupation of the Rootes Social Building at the University of Warwick, exploring the rationale behind direct action.
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There’s nothing quite like wearing your heart on your sleeve, and setting the interviewees to a fanfare and the authority figure to some dark, brooding pop is as bold a statement of intent as I think you can give, short of just having flash cards with “HEROES” and “VILLAINS” pop up. I think it’d be difficult to perceive this as some kind of malignant, creeping bias - certainly it wouldn't fool anyone. Prior to the late addition of the clip of him explaining his praxis, the Vice Chancellor was most conspicuous in this film by his silence. It’s a film about protests and protesters first and foremost, and the figures portrayed are the figures perceived.
I've been asked several times by several different people over the course of making this film if I was taking appropriate steps to remain impartial, and I've not quite been able to answer them. Now, looking back over it, I think I can see what my reasoning is. I don’t think anyone particularly needs it laid out to them why you shouldn't break a door down. I don’t think this film would benefit the viewer the slightest bit more by way of having a five minute section wherein the ethics of door-breaking are explored. Why people would go and do it anyway, on the other hand, is fascinating.