DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ONCE SAID...
"Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they are separated from each other. No greater tragedy can befall a society than the attempt to live in monologue rather than dialogue."
Not only is this a fitting quote for our film and what we as a team have set out to do over the past 73 days — to take an unflinching look at America and its people in order to better learn how to empathize with one another so we can communicate again as humans, as equals, and as a country — but unfortunately, this is the ugly truth regarding the state of social and political issues in America today. Everyone is talking, but nobody's listening, so we are. We are determined to do our small part in inciting change by opening up a dialogue to conversation with, and for, all political affiliations and beliefs. Our film is for the curious, those who are open and willing to listen to the uncensored thoughts and feelings of fellow Americans who have been brutally honest, brave and vulnerable with us during their interviews, especially if those beliefs fundamentally differ from yours.
—Maxwell Salvati, Director of 73 Days Later
HELLO FROM THE 73 DAYS LATER TEAM!
Here we are, 73 days later. Since Election Day 2016, our team of filmmakers has been working tirelessly all across the country, filming each and every single day in the hopes of capturing as many reactions to the social and political climate of America as possible — profound moments, important political events, poignant social movements, and powerful interviews — culminating with the 58th Presidential Inauguration. This past weekend was historic for many reasons, most notably Donald J. Trump was officially sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States, as well as the Women’s March, the biggest protest and one-day demonstration of dissent in the history of our country. Finalizing one of the most divisive presidential transitions in history, President Trump proclaimed January 20th a Day of Patriotic Devotion, which promptly led to nationwide protests and violence by those who opposed a Trump Administration. This, of course, on the 21st of January and in stark contrast, was promptly followed by a day of acceptance, equality, and unity, in which nearly 3 million people participated nationally by peacefully protesting and marching for what they believe in.
VIDEO INTERVIEW SUBMISSION EXTENSION
Due to overwhelming demand, we have extended our video interview submission deadline through the end of the month (January 31st)! We are looking for your reactions to Trump’s Inauguration, the Women’s March, your hopes for the future of America, and your thoughts on this truly historic weekend. We have added four new and important questions that need your answers and insights, so please over to the SUBMIT A VIDEO page and add your voice to the conversation.
NEW QUESTIONS THAT NEED ANSWERS
1. How do you feel about Donald Trump’s inauguration? How do you feel about the Women’s March? Does one event carry more historical significance than the other for you?
2. What are your expectations for a Donald Trump Administration? What would a successful presidency look and feel like to you? Please explain in detail.
3. Do you have HOPE for the future of America? Why?
4. Describe in detail what your ideal America looks, feels, and operates like? How do we work towards achieving that America?
INAUGURATION WEEKEND UPDATE
First off, and most importantly, everyone on our team around the country and in D.C. is safe and, despite being teargassed, slapped, and a few run-ins with riot police, we are headed back to San Francisco unscathed. We've added an enormous amount of important and politically potent film to the stockpile of footage we have been compiling by capturing as much of the action as possible leading up to, and during, both of these extraordinary events in order to accurately and honestly portray the state of our country and its people during this unprecedented time. We have a lot of film to comb through and edit, but below are a few stills from raw video footage around D.C. this past weekend:
A protestor, speaking through a megaphone to a crowd of hundreds of Trump supporters eagerly waiting to get through military security to enter the inauguration, repeated himself for hours saying, “Donald Trump bragged about committing sexual assault. Donald Trump bragged about committing violence against women. Donald Trump has no respect for the truth. Donald Trump has no respect for our troops. He fired the head of the National Guard who was protecting him today, because he could not handle a black person being in charge of security for the inauguration. Donald Trump is a bigot. Donald Trump is a sexist. Donald Trump is a racist. And it’s a sad day in America when a man who brags about committing sexual assault is in The White House. It’s a sad day in America when a man who brags about committing violent acts against women is in The White House.”
Protesters vandalized and set a limo on fire just blocks from President Donald Trump's inaugural parade route Friday afternoon. Several cars in the area of 12th and K streets had their windows blown out.
A Trump supporter and protestor have a non-violent, constructive conversation about the differences in their fundamental beliefs and their perceptions of America going forward. This was one of the rare instances where both parties spoke intelligently, were respectful, and actively listened to each other.
One woman leads a massive group of ladies in a call-and-response song during the Women’s March in Washington. “Ain’t no use in lookin’ down, when the Women are around. Ain’t no use in lookin’ down, Donald Trump is just a clown. Hey, America, can you see? What the union does for me. Hey, World, can you hear? There is no fear… we ain’t goin’ nowhere… and we’re still here!”
Police spray protestors and bystanders with teargas after repeatedly being warned not to throw rocks and bricks, as well as light trashcans on fire and tear down city structures.
The United States Capitol on the morning of the inauguration.
Supporters and protestors who live completely different lives find common ground.
Increased security and human blockades of protestors shut down many of the entrances to the inauguration, which lead to very long, slow-moving lines.
The Refuse Fascism group was at the forefront of the protests leading up to the inauguration and throughout the weekend (they continue to protest across the country daily), drawing some very clear comparisons of Donald Trump to Hitler and the KKK.