In 2003 Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA delivered an historic talk in the United States. This talk, followed by questions and answers, is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey, covering many topics. It breaks down the very nature of the society we live in and how humanity has come to a time where a radically different society is possible. It takes us deep into the heart of the horrors we see around us – from the oppression of whole peoples and parts of the world to what underlies brutal wars of domination – and why we live in a world where profound poverty, starvation and exploitation co-exist with unprecedented wealth. From the American nightmare to a sweeping vision of a whole new world, he breaks it all down, and shows how and why a radically different world can be brought forward. This film is full of heart and soul, humor and seriousness. It will challenge you and set your heart and mind to flight.

“Quite frankly, many people have never heard anyone say the things Chairman Avakian said, or have ever heard anyone talk about this world, this social system, this society, and another possible society and way of living in the way he did before. This talk addressed questions that literally millions of people all over the world are agonizing over at this moment.” [A communist artist]

“It’s like we’re in a situation where we don’t know where to go. It feels like an atmosphere of distrust, fear of the future, instability. I feel like there are no guidelines or parameters on where to go. But I think Bob Avakian has a plan full of hope in the face of uncertainty that weighs on people.” [Comment by a woman after showing of the DVD Revolución in Mexico City]

“In times like these, this clear voice for social change is a welcome relief from all the confusion and lies. Listen, and you will truly hear a voice of reason, with sharp analysis and deep understanding, going up against the tide of injustice and oppression. Of crucial importance is the fearless opposition to the rise of the Christian right and its pernicious effect on the political and cultural life in this country. While you might not agree with everything he says, he will challenge you with his insights and a clarion call to what must be done. ” [Reverend Earl Kooperkamp, Pastor, St. Mary’s Church, Harlem, NYC*]

“He was showing the kind of system we live in and what it does to all humanity… he was inviting people to rise up their sights, their views and look at things at this moment of history we’re in and the need to transform and change things.” [A young construction worker from Latin America]

“I heard Bob Avakian speak last year on the urgent and timely issue of revolution: why it’s necessary, why it’s possible, and what must be done to bring revolution about… His explanation of the workings of the imperialist system – and how the struggle of the people can get rid of it and replace it with a just and equitable society – was powerful and uplifting… This speech needs to be heard by others. It could take many more people onto the path toward that world liberation.” [Yuri Kochiyama]

“As an avowed anarchist, and a committed anti-capitalist, I try to learn from the lessons of history in order to devise better tactics, and recognize viable strategies for overthrowing capitalism. And while I’m an anarchist, I do recognize that in 1917 a small group of revolutionaries did achieve one of, if not the, greatest anti-capitalist transformations in world history. Indeed the Bolshevik Revolution thrilled millions of anti-capitalist anarchists around the world when it occurred, including Emma Goldman. The October revolution was led by a brilliant geo-political analyst, Vladimir Lenin. Having watched this video, I’d say if Lenin were alive today, he’d sound a lot like Bob Avakian. ” [Alan Minsky, Senior Producer at KPFK in Los Angeles and co-founder of the LA Independent Media Center]

A lengthy yet fascinating lecture by Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party of the United States. In his first public appearance since 1979, Avakian offers an astute critical analysis of American politics and the Maoist tactics that he believes can bring about revolutionary change. Although 20th century history has demonstrated the complications inherent in achieving the Communist ideal, Avakian puts forth a compelling case that a revolutionary program is what contemporary America needs (if not necessarily what it desires). [Facets Multimedia]

“… [Avakian’s] communist analysis is graceful, and he lucidly explains concepts ranging from dialectical materialism to irony without condescending to his audience. Like a Richard Pryor concert film, Revolution cuts between different versions of the same material in this case, the same all-day lecture given on the east and west coasts in 2003. He’s no less sharp when he’s answering questions than when he’s outlining his revolutionary program…” [Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader critic, August 20, 2004]

“I highly recommend this talk as a starting place for study or an update to review the Marxist Leninist Maoist approach. Bob Avakian hurls an impassioned, articulate challenge to capitalism and US imperialism. Women’s liberation cannot be achieved without defeating these forces, therefore Avakian’s presentation is an important contribution.” [Carol Downer, Founder, Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers*]

“Whatever your political orientation or religious background, this comes across as a challenge that must be heard and wrestled with. There is great depth and seriousness in Bob Avakian’s analysis of a situation which most of us have failed to fully recognize. But he is confident that we can create a viable future for the planet. ” [Reverend George W. Webber, President Emeritus, New York Theological Seminary*]

“Bob Avakian, a thinker and activist of remarkable critical insights, sums up the lessons he has learned and the conclusions he has determined during more than thirty years of activism and leadership and guides present and future activists through a tough course which leads to the understanding of the imperatives for a new society.” [Dr. Juan Gómez Quiñones, historian and writer, UCLA*]

“It was like hearing Mao speak on the Long March.” [A young Black proletarian woman]

“If my people had a leader like this, we would have been free a long time ago.” [A young worker from the Mixtec national minority of Mexico]

“He speaks from the heart and at the same time with such a sweeping understanding, with total resolution, and not just with hatred for the bourgeoisie but confidence in the masses of people.” [a young immigrant woman from South Asia]

“When I first started watching the Revolution DVD it was like a book I couldn’t put down. Bob Avakian is unsparing in shining a light on the darkest aspects of American history and the capitalist system that underlies it. No American should allow fear, pride or prejudice against Avakian because of his communist beliefs, to keep them from facing these truths about their country. Avakian did not just fall out of the sky the other day to preach revolution. He was part of some of the signature movements of the 1960’s: the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, SDS and the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. He has been observing and studying the decline of the American political system for decades. Bob Avakian has much that is relevant to say to us. Watch this DVD!” [progressive democrat]

“A journey to be savored.” [a veteran communist]

“I loved everything about it, including its presentation and its factual basis. In this talk, Bob Avakian says, ‘White supremacy is built into the foundation of this country.’ I agree with that and I think it’s impossible to remove under the current system of government…

“When Emmett Till was murdered for whistling at a white woman in 1955, we were devastated and felt the same concern. As young Black men, we didn’t know whether they would come after us or not for playing basketball in the south. Our team was the first integrated team to play at the college level in the south. When we played in Oklahoma, the fans called us ‘N….,’ and yelled, ‘Get those n…, off the court!’ They threw nickels and quarters at us while we were playing and called us Globetrotters. The Black players weren’t allowed to stay in the hotel. Our team met and decided that we were all going to stay together, so the white and Black players stayed at the University of Oklahoma university dorms. When we won that game, we celebrated by ourselves in the empty dorm… The attitude of the fans and the white society overall was that we shouldn’t be playing in the first place. Not only were we playing, but we beat everyone we played against…

“This experience of oppression for Black people is going to continue and it will get worse, unless there’s a change. I believe a revolution will have to come about for it to change.” [Hal Perry, (1933-2009), former basketball player, on listening to “They’re selling postcards of the hanging”]

“Avakian, speaking in public in the U.S. last year for the first time since 1979, offers a full plan for revolutionary transformation, and he gets the attention of Black Americans right away on these four DVDs in his passionate discussion of lynching, police brutality, racial profiling and issues pertinent to African Americans.

“Recalling the vicious assaults on Claude Neal, Mary Turner and Emmett Till, Avakian provides a brutal and bloody outline of tragedy, and does it with a fervor that is far too uncommon coming from the mouth of a white man. I can think of only Tim Wise who comes close to genuinely evoking white sympathy as he assails racism and white supremacy.” [The Revolution may not be televised, but it’s on film by Herb Boyd, The Amsterdam News, August 5, 2004]

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In 2003, Bob Avakian delivered this historic talk. This is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey. It breaks down the very nature of the society we live in and how humanity has come to a time where a radically different society is possible. Full of heart and soul, humor and seriousness, it will challenge you and set your heart and mind to flight.

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