[The 90’s raw: Rape, AIDS, Tigray]

Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90's. Tape from an anti-rape demonstration outside a sports players bar, from an AIDS demonstration against the National Institute of Health, and videomaker Eddie Becker talking about Tigray.

00:00Copy video clip URL Tape opens on a dark street in front of a bar, where two women are in the middle of arguing about an alleged rape by a hockey player. The owner of the Champions (a players bar) is upset because the protesters are impeding business. Other people think that the woman was not raped, but was only trying to make money. One woman has a sign that says, “Rape – Just Another American Sport?” The woman who was arguing at the beginning talks to Becker about her knowledge of the incident: apparently a 17 year old girl claimed she was raped, but she used to date another player, and then she got into a limousine in front of the bar. This woman does not feel the facts back up the rape allegation.

06:27Copy video clip URL The police arrive, and another man starts to argue and says he was a witness to her getting in the limousine, “She didn’t get raped, she had fun!” The police start to break things up, and talk to the bar manager.

09:02Copy video clip URL More police arrive, and try to convince people to go home. The protesters chant “Yes means yes, no means no, whatever she wears, wherever she goes.” The police lead away one of the main protesters.

12:30Copy video clip URL The tape cuts, and Becker eventually interviews a passerby, who thinks rape is wrong, and that sports athletes should be professional and act as role models. “I think they used their position as professional athletes to get this woman.” The first woman Becker spoke to clarifies that if it was proven that she was raped, she would want the players to be in jail. But, she doesn’t think the facts and evidence support it. Another woman thinks that it was the fault of the bar.

19:00Copy video clip URL The camera turns to the protesters, now chanting, “2 4 6 8 No More Date Rape.”

20:25Copy video clip URL Becker talks to the organizer of the demonstration, Marguerite Arnold, who says that they are upset because of the media placing blame on rape victims. The organizer says she was surprised by the violent response they got from counter-protesters, but thinks that this is representative of the animosity against women speaking out. She was pleased by the police response (who merely kept people out of the streets), and she was disappointed by the attitudes of women that are perpetuated.

23:26Copy video clip URL Cuts to the man who claimed to have witnessed the events. Of course he doesn’t like rape, but doesn’t think the bar had anything to do with it. He claims that when she got out of the car, she said “Thank you.” Then there is more footage of the protesters, and Becker interviews the protester who was led away, named Saskia(?), who explains that they are protesting all rape, and that she was pushed with force by a cop. She compares being wrongly singled out by the cop to the issue of rape.

28:50Copy video clip URL Cuts to a conversation between two men, and one man claims that the sports bar is at fault because people go there looking for women. Then Becker questions him about violence in protesters, and the idea of sports and sports bars in relation to women. He thinks a lot of athletes feel as though they deserve women. He is disgusted by Georgetown, calling the bar environment a “Venus fly-trap for women.”

34:45Copy video clip URL Tape cuts to some guitar players from Mississippi on the street, camping out.

35:38Copy video clip URL Cuts to tape of people dancing inside the bar, Champions. Becker looks at the wall, which has photographs of players. Some people dance provocatively.

38:58Copy video clip URL Footage of the exterior of the bar, where Becker attempts to talk to employees.

40:06Copy video clip URL Tape cuts to an AIDS awareness march, where people carry banners that say, “People with AIDS won’t be quiet.” People are taped together in a circle to protest, and shout, “We’re dying of red tape!” Women march, and say “NIH is a disaster, Women die six times faster!” The people reach the front of the National Institute of Health, chanting, “Act up! Fight back! Fight AIDS!” and mounted police officers try to keep order.

46:06Copy video clip URL A protester explains that they are upset because of the limited access to new drugs. More protesters are angry because a woman was hit with a stick. One explains that the National Institute of Health won’t treat people with AIDS if they are drug users, or if they are trying alternative treatments. The protesters want a single drug from a single company for everyone.

50:36Copy video clip URL Police in riot gear taze a man, but try to hide this with their bodies. A group called the “Invisible Women,” uses a loudspeaker to announce the special needs of women that the NIH ignores.

55:10Copy video clip URL A woman has a headband with a large model of a molecule, and explains that the NIH is not studying all the treatments available. She names some specific drugs. The camera watches the Red Tape protesters. A gay man is angry because the mounted policeman said “let them die.” Becker looks closely at some of the police officers, and then to people encouraging alternative treatments, not the current treatment (AZT). Becker talks to many protesters about what they hope to achieve.

01:02:29Copy video clip URL People sit in front of another building, shouting “We Demand Access!” and “We die! They do nothing!” The protesters are angry because the NIH won a Nobel Prize for their work with AIDS, when every 12 minutes someone dies.

01:09:20Copy video clip URL A particularly poignant interview with a day care provider for children with AIDS, who calls this a “racist genocide.” Another man talks emotionally about children with AIDS. They and another man are all alright with being arrested. These people march to sit at the entrance to the building, prepared to be arrested. They are then physically carried away and put into a police van as the crowd roars.

01:19:43Copy video clip URL A woman gives a speech on a loudspeaker about the drugs offered and the lack of clinical trials for women and children. The people chant “Shame!” This segment ends with a tape from far away of the large mass of people dispelling, and someone says it was 1200 people in total.

01:22:16Copy video clip URL Becker shows a map of Ethiopia and Tigray, and then does an introduction for a musical group that the recorded in Ethiopia, and talks about the Tigrayan liberation front, which is on the verge of overthrowing the Ethiopian government. The Tigrayan people are known as very fierce fighters, supposedly having gotten their name from Alexander the Great, meaning “Tigers.” He does a second take of this.

01:25:23Copy video clip URL End of tape.



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