The Five Demands


Firehouse Cinema Fri, Jul 14 7:00 PM
Q&A with Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss and moderated by Felicia Harden
Firehouse Cinema Sat, Jul 15 4:30 PM
Firehouse Cinema Sat, Jul 15 7:00 PM
Q&A with Greta Schiller, Andrea Weiss, Naomi Chesman Smith, Dr. Ed Lowe
Firehouse Cinema Sun, Jul 16 4:30 PM
Firehouse Cinema Sun, Jul 16 7:00 PM
Firehouse Cinema Mon, Jul 17 7:00 PM
Firehouse Cinema Tue, Jul 18 7:00 PM
Q&A wth Greta Schiller, Andrea Weiss, Charles Powell, Javier Garcia
Firehouse Cinema Wed, Jul 19 4:00 PM
Sensory Friendly
Firehouse Cinema Thu, Jul 20 4:00 PM
Firehouse Cinema Thu, Jul 20 7:00 PM
Q&A with Greta Schiller, Andrea Weiss, Rosalind McLymont, Charles Powell
Cast/Crew Info
Directed by:Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss
Produced by:Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss
Film Info
Event Type:New Release
Runtime:74 min
Release Year:2023
Production Country:US
Original Language:English
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NY Theatrical Premiere


Q&A Showtimes

  • Jul 14: Producers + Directors Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss and moderated by Felicia Harden
  • Jul 15: Producers + Directors Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss with Naomi Chesman Smith and Dr. Ed Lowe
  • Jul 18: Producers + Directors Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss with Charles Powell abd moderated by Javier Garcia
  • Jul 20: Producers + Directors Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss with Rosalind McLymont and Charles Powell


The Five Demands is a riveting story about the student strike that changed the face of higher education forever. In April 1969, a small group of Black and Puerto Rican students shut down the City College of New York, an elite public university located in the heart of Harlem. Fueled by the revolutionary fervor sweeping the nation, the strike soon turned into an uprising, leading to the extended occupation of the campus, classes being canceled, students being arrested, and the resignation of the college president.

Through archival footage and modern-day interviews, we follow the students’ struggle against the institutional racism that, for over a century, had shut out people of color from this and other public universities. The Five Demands revisits the untold story of this explosive student takeover, and proves that a handful of ordinary citizens can band together to take action and effect meaningful change.





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