Activism and Culture Meet in Let Fury Have the Hour, Opening Tonight at Balboa TheaterRandy Shawbyline‚ Jan. 18‚ 2013
Films promoting activism are few and far between, and we rarely see portrayals of socially committed artists in the 21st century. Let Fury Have the Hour, a new film by Antonino D’Ambrosio opening January 18 for a one-week run at the Balboa Theater, helps fill this void. Combining striking visual images with testimony from such leading forces of cultural activism as rapper Chuck D, playwright Eve Ensler, musicians Tom Morello and Billy Bragg, novelist Edwidge Danticat, and filmmaker John Sayles (as well as activist Van Jones), the film is a very ambitious effort to find a common thread among diverse popular movements and cultural influences. While I would prefer fewer interviews and more visual footage, there is no question that viewers will be leave the theater more hopeful for change and inspired to action.